RAF Mauripur

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RAF Mauripur was a Royal Air Force station in British India 4 miles north west of the centre of Karachi. It is now known as Masroor Airbase.

History[edit]

RAF Mauripur opened in 1942 as a transit airfield allowing RAF Drigh Road to concentrate on maintenance. Huge numbers of aircraft staged through Mauripur during and after the end of World War II.[1] British units continued to use the airfield after the creation of Pakistan in 1947, finally leaving in 1956.[2] The RAF airfields at Gan and Masirah took over RAF Far East Air Force staging duties from Mauripur and Habbaniya (which became unavailable from 14 July 1958 after the revolution in Iraq).

Units and aircraft[edit]

Unit Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
No. 5 Squadron RAF 1947 Hawker Tempest F2 Single-engined (piston) fighter
No. 10 Squadron RAF 1946-1947 Douglas Dakota Twin-engined piston transport
No. 20 Squadron RAF 1947 Hawker Tempest F2
No. 31 Squadron RAF 1946 and 1947 Douglas Dakota Was 77 Sqn
No. 62 Squadron RAF 1947 Douglas Dakota
No. 77 Squadron RAF 1945-1946 Douglas Dakota Renumbered 31 Sqn
No. 117 Squadron RAF 1943 Douglas Dakota
No. 267 Squadron RAF 1945-1946 Douglas Dakota Detachments from Mingaladon
No. 298 Squadron RAF 1946 Handley Page Halifax A7 Four-engined piston heavy bomber transport conversion

References[edit]

  1. ^ SANDSCRIPT, The Journal of the RAF Mauripur Association.
  2. ^ SANDSCRIPT, The Journal of the RAF Mauripur Association.
  • Jefford, C.G. (1988). RAF Squadrons. Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85310-053-6. 
  • SANDSCRIPT, The Journal of the RAF Mauripur Association. RAF Mauripur Association. 1996–2014. 

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