Ismailia Air Base

Ismailia Air Base
RAF Ismailia
Near: Ismailia, Egypt

Members of No. 458 Squadron RAAF at RAF Ismailia, 1942
Ismailia Air Base Air Base
Location in Egypt
Coordinates 30°35′53.75″N 032°14′12.86″E / 30.5982639°N 32.2369056°E / 30.5982639; 32.2369056Coordinates: 30°35′53.75″N 032°14′12.86″E / 30.5982639°N 32.2369056°E / 30.5982639; 32.2369056
Site information
Owner Egyptian Armed Forces
Operator  Royal Air Force
 United States Army Air Forces
 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) 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. Its World War II configuration is still evident in aerial photography.

Major units assigned

Royal Air Force
United States Army Air Forces (Ninth Air Force)


See also


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

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