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    Default Exact locations of RAF Almaza (nr Cairo) and RAF Ramleh (Palestine)

    I am researching some aspects of RAF activities for the above two stations for 1946/47. However, it is still not clear to me where these were located exactly.
    Was RAF Almaza another airfield next to RAF Heliopolis? Various accounts suggests that the two were nearby and Almaza is now an Egyptian Air Force Base and Heliopolis is the main international airport. Google Earth depicts both of them very well.
    RAF Ramleh (or Ramla) was an active RAF base, but I cannot find an exact location.
    Could anyone help out here? Anyone have an old map of the area?
    Thanks in advance for any information.

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    I believe Ramleh is now Ben Gurion Airport; 32 deg 00 min 25 sec N, 34 deg 53 min 31 sec E

    Almaza Air Force Base (HEAZ) position 30 deg 05 min 30 sec N, 31 deg 21 min 29 sec E, or 3 statute miles southwest from Cairo International.

    (From Google Earth)

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    Brian, my grandfather's log book has him flying to Lydda in 1945, I was led to believe (Wikipedia) that Lydda is what is now Ben Gurion Airport.

    Pete

    Edit. the Wiki entry is under Lod Air Force Base
    Last edited by pete102; 5th January 2012 at 23:48.

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    Oops, put your dunce hat on Lyffe.

    Ramleh was at 31d 55m 01s N, 34d 52m 23s E. (Source http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Stations-R.htm#Ramleh). It's now covered in urban sprawl.

    Brian
    (Thanks Pete.)

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    Greetings,

    RAF Ramleh was right beside the town of Er Ramleh. There was a 'Y' junction, one road went off to Jerusalem and the other branched off past a a very short branch road to RAF Ramleh, the main road carried on to RAF Aqir and onward towards Gaza.

    RAF Lydda (Now the Ben Gurin Airport) was within walking distance from RAF Ramleh.

    I have one or two photos ( awarculus@xtra.co.nz) of RAF Ramleh circa 1946, Lovely little drome and with quite a history.

    Cheers,
    Digger.

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    elderit,

    A 1941 Army map (Cairo/Almaza & Heliopolis) should be in your e mail.

    Cheers,
    Digger

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    Default Ramleh & Almaza

    Thank you everybody for your help (and Arthur for the map) - greatly appreciated.
    Would the following map reference (Google Earth) be what was RAF Ramleh: 31 55' 01" N, 34 52' 23" E
    This depicts what could have been an airfield with two parallel runways. It is indeed an urban sprawl.

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    Yes, but I doubt there would have been two parallel runways during the war.

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