Muqeible Airfield

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Muqeible Airfield
RAF Muqeible
Muqeible Airfield is located in Israel
Muqeible Airfield
Muqeible Airfield
Coordinates 32°30′11″N 035°17′21″E / 32.50306°N 35.28917°E / 32.50306; 35.28917
Site information
Condition Abandoned
Site history
Battles/wars Battle of Megiddo (1918)
Western Desert Campaign (1941-1943)

Muqeible Airfield is an abandoned military airfield located in the northern West Bank, approximately 1 km southwest of the village of Muqeible, Israel and 3 km north of Jenin.

The airfield was built in 1917 in the Ottoman Southern Syria by the German Luftstreitkräfte. In 1918, after the Battle of Megiddo, the airport was used as a military airfield by the Royal Air Force, being designated RAF Muqeible. It was also used by the United States Army Air Force during the World War II North African Campaign. USAAF Ninth Air Force units were assigned to the airfield upon their initial arrival in the area, and once assembled were reassigned to combat airfields in Egypt to fly missions against the Axis forces in Western Egypt and Libya. Known USAAF units which used the airfield were:

  • 57th Fighter Group, 20 July-15 September 1942, P-40 Warhawk
  • 64th Fighter Squadron, 19 August-16 September 1942
  • 65th Fighter Squadron, 29 July-5 August 1942; 29 August-16 September 1942

After the war, the airfield appears to have been abandoned. Today, the airfield consists of two crumbling concrete runways, one aligned northeast/southwest about 02/20, the other east-west 09/18. The east-west still remaining full width and length, with a road laid down over the runway. Agricultural fields have been formed from the grassy areas of the airfield but no structures remain of the support base. Small concrete farm roads in the vicinity of the airfield runways are the remainders of taxiways

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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