Ismailia Air Base

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Ismailia Air Base
RAF Ismailia
Near: Ismailia, Egypt
458 Squadron RAAF personnel Egypt 1942 AWM SUK10649.jpg
Members of No. 458 Squadron RAAF at RAF Ismailia, 1942
Ismailia Air Base Air Base is located in Egypt
Ismailia Air Base Air Base
Ismailia Air Base Air Base
Location in Egypt
Coordinates 30°35′53.75″N 32°14′12.86″E / 30.5982639°N 32.2369056°E / 30.5982639; 32.2369056Coordinates: 30°35′53.75″N 32°14′12.86″E / 30.5982639°N 32.2369056°E / 30.5982639; 32.2369056
Site information
Owner Egyptian Armed Forces
Operator RAF roundel.svg Royal Air Force
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Roundel of Egypt.svg 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

Ismailia Air Base Air Base is an Egyptian Air Force (Arabic: القوات الجوية المصرية‎‎, El Qūwāt El Gawīyä El Maṣrīyä) helicopter 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. The base is housing an SA-342 Gazelle unit and further is this base being used for other military helicopter movements.

Major units assigned[edit]

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
    • No. 33 Squadron RAF 1938 - ?
United States Army Air Forces (Ninth Air Force)


    • "Gladiator Ace" (2010), B. Cull, Haynes Publishing, p.20 -21.

See also[edit]


  1. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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