Lod Air Force Base
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|Lod Air Force Base
Air Force Base 27
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Operator||Royal Air Force
Israeli Air Force
|In use||1940–1948 RAF Use
1948–2008 Israeli Use
Lod Air Force Base, also Air Force Base 27, was an Israeli Air Force airfield that was part of the Ben Gurion International Airport, located approximately 7 km (4 mi) north of Lod; 8 km (5 mi) east-southeast of Tel Aviv.
The Wilhelma Airport, built in 1936, was used by the Allies during the Second World War becoming RAF Lydda on 1 March 1943. After the Israeli declaration of independence, it became an IAF airfield and the only international airport of the new state of Israel. The airfield military base officially closed down on 2 August 2008, after its last units moved to Nevatim. On the same airfield the Ben Gurion International Airport is still operating as the main airport of Israel.
RAF Operational units
- No. 14 Squadron RAF (1941) Bristol Blenheim IV
- No. 33 Squadron RAF detachment (1938) Gloster Gladiator
- No. 55 Squadron RAF detachment (1942) Martin Baltimore
- No. 134 Squadron RAF (1942) Supermarine Spitfire VB
- No. 162 Squadron RAF detachment (1942) Bristol Blenheim V
- No. 203 Squadron RAF detachment (1941) Bristol Blenheim IV
- No. 211 Squadron RAF (1941) Bristol Blenheim I
- No. 294 Squadron RAF detachment (1944) Vickers Wellington
- No. 459 Squadron RAAF (1942–1943) Lockheed Hudson III
- No. 1413 (Meteorological) Flight RAF (1942–1943 and 1945)
Between July and November, 1942, the US Army, Middle East Air Force (USAMEAF) operated B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator aircraft from RAF Lydda. These aircraft were reassigned to Egypt in November.
- Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
- Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.