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Al Ismailiyah Air Base

Al Ismailiyah Air Base
RAF Ismailia
Near: Ismailia, Egypt
Members of No. 458 Squadron RAAF at RAF Ismailia, 1942
Al Ismailiyah Air Base is located in Egypt
Al Ismailiyah Air Base
Al Ismailiyah Air Base
Location in Egypt
Site information
Owner Egyptian Armed Forces
Operator  Royal Air Force
 United States Army Air Forces
 Egyptian Air Force
Controlled by Royal Air Force (1935-1956)
Ninth Air Force (1942)
Egyptian Air Force (1956-Present)
Site history

World War II

Airfield information
Direction Length and surface
13/31 3217 ft Asphalt

Al Ismailiyah Air Base is an Egyptian Air Force (Arabic: القوات الجوية المصرية‎, Al-Qūwāt al-Gawwīyä al-Miṣrīyä) base, located approximately 4 km west-northwest of Ismailia; (Al Isma`iliyah); 116 km northeast of Cairo.


During World War II, the airfield, then known as RAF Ismailia or Ismailia Airfield, was used as a military airfield by the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force during the North African Campaign against Axis forces. Ismailia was a pre-World War II station, originally opened about 1916.

Today, the airfield is an active Egyptian Air Force base. Its World War II configuration is still evident in aerial photography.

Major units assigned

Royal Air Force
  • No. 208 Squadron RAF 1920-1922
  • No. 113 Squadron RAF Aug-Sep 1917
  • No. 211 Squadron RAF Jan 1939-Nov 1940
  • No. 40 Wing RAF 1919-Apr 1920
United States Army Air Forces (Ninth Air Force)


See also


  1. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
    • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Royal Air Force Airfield Creation for the Western Desert Campaign

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