Unit History: RAF Abu Sueir-Egypt

RAF Abu Sueir-Egypt
Location
 
Country: - Egypt
 
Lat/Long:  30:34N  32:06E Approx
 
For most of its life this station near Port Said in Egypt was associated with training, opening in September 1917.  On 1 April 1921, No 4 Flying Training School opened at Abu Sueir and remained until 2 September 1939 when it moved to RAF Habbaniya in Iraq. From 1939 to 1942 housed No 102 Maintenance Unit.  It was also used by fighter squadrons to recuperate and re-organise following operations in the Western Desert.  In the second half of 1942, Nos 37 and 40 Squadrons, equipped with Wellington bombers operated from the station and after they left No 73 Operational Training Unit formed there in February 1943, leaving in June.
 
The station then closed for construction work to begin and it re-opened on July as home to the Liberators of No 1675 Heavy Conversion Unit, which remained until disbanding n October 1945.   Nos 40 and 194 Squadrons then moved in from Italy with Liberators but soon re-equipped with Lancasters.  They moved out in the summer of 1946 and the station took on the role as joint HQ for the Middle East Air Force with RAF Ismailia until both parts were reunited at Nicosia in December 1954.  No 208 Squadron arrived in October 1951 and No 13 Squadron in January 1955, but with the break-down in relations between the British and Egyptian governments, the decision was taken to pull out British forces from the Canal Zone and Abu Sueir closed in April 1956.

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