RAF Aboukir

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RAF Aboukir

Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg

Egyptian Arabic: ابو قير Abu Qir
Near Alexandria in Egypt
Royal Air Force Operations in the Middle East and North Africa, 1939-1943. ME(RAF)3514.jpg
A Short Sunderland flying over the RAF Aboukir after taking off from Aboukir Bay
RAF Aboukir is located in Egypt
RAF Aboukir
RAF Aboukir
Shown within Egypt
Coordinates 31°11′22″N 030°02′24″E / 31.18944°N 30.04000°E / 31.18944; 30.04000Coordinates: 31°11′22″N 030°02′24″E / 31.18944°N 30.04000°E / 31.18944; 30.04000
Type Royal Air Force base
Code LG-34
Site information
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Site history
Built 1916 (1916)
In use 1916-1947 (1947)
Garrison information
Past
commanders
Group Captain Tulloch
Airfield information
Elevation: −5 metres (−16 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
00/00  Concrete

Royal Air Force Aboukir or more simply RAF Aboukir is a former Royal Air Force base located 6.6 miles (10.6 km) northwest of Kafr El-Dawar and 7.2 miles (11.6 km) east of Alexandria, Egypt. Between 1916 and 1947 a number of units and squadrons were based there, including the central depot for RAF Middle East until 12 November 1939.

History[edit]

The base was used by the following squadrons:

The base was also used by a number of different units during its lifetime:

  • Headquarters 20th (Reserve) Wing between 25 July 1916 and 31 May 1917.[16]
  • RAF Depot, Middle East between 7 October and 12 November 1939.[16]
  • No. 103 Maintenance Unit RAF between 12 November 1939 and 30 October 1946.[16]

Current use[edit]

The site is un-recognizable and is used for farming.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 34.
  2. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 43.
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 45.
  4. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 49.
  5. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 52.
  6. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 56.
  7. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 58.
  8. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 61.
  9. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 69.
  10. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 75.
  11. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 78.
  12. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 84.
  13. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 92.
  14. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 98.
  15. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 102.
  16. ^ a b c "Stations - A". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jefford MBE, Wg Cdr C G (1988). RAF Squadrons. A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-85310-053-6. 

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