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Location of Deversoir Air Base
Deversoir Air Base (LG-209) is a former military airfield in Egypt, located approximately 19 km south-southeast of Ismailia (Al Isma`iliyah); 116 km northeast of Cairo
It was formerly a major
Royal Air Force airfield known as RAF Deversoir built before World War II.
During World War II, it 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.
Ninth Air Force units which used the airfield were:
The airfield received
United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 12, 1945 as he flew from the Yalta Conference to rejoin the USS Quincy, which was anchored in the Great Bitter Lake and would host the President's meetings with King Farouk of Egypt, King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia before transporting him back to the United States. [1 ]
Deversoir appears to have been used by the
Egyptian Air Force. Modern hardened aircraft shelters were built on wartime-era dispersal pads, and recent runway markings are evident in aerial photography. However, the airfield does not appear to be in current use.
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