Muqeible Airfield


Muqeible Airfield is an abandoned military airfield located in the northern West Bank, approximately 1 km southwest of the village of Muqeible, Israel and 3 km north of Jenin, Palestine.

Muqeible Airfield
RAF Muqeible
Muqeible Airfield is located in Israel
Muqeible Airfield
Muqeible Airfield
Coordinates32°30′11″N 035°17′21″E / 32.50306°N 35.28917°E / 32.50306; 35.28917
Site information
Site history
Battles/warsBattle of Megiddo (1918)
Western Desert Campaign (1941–1943)

The airfield was built in 1917 in the Ottoman District of Jerusalem (Ottoman Palestine) by the German Luftstreitkräfte. In 1918, after the Battle of Megiddo, the airport was used as a military airfield by the Royal Air Force, being designated RAF Muqeible. In July 1941 12 Blemheims of 45 Squadron were sent there for use as a forward base for the assault on Beirut.[1] It was also used by the United States Army Air Force during the World War II North African Campaign. USAAF Ninth Air Force units were assigned to the airfield upon their initial arrival in the area, and once assembled were reassigned to combat airfields in Egypt to fly missions against the Axis forces in Western Egypt and Libya. Known USAAF units which used the airfield were:

  • 57th Fighter Group, 20 July – 15 September 1942, P-40 Warhawk
  • 64th Fighter Squadron, 19 August – 16 September 1942
  • 65th Fighter Squadron, 29 July – 5 August 1942; 29 August – 16 September 1942

After the war, the airfield appears to have been abandoned. Today, the airfield consists of two crumbling concrete runways, one aligned northeast–southwest about 02/20, the other east–west 09/27. The east–west still remaining full width and length, with a road laid down over the runway. Agricultural fields have been formed from the grassy areas of the airfield but no structures remain of the support base. Small concrete farm roads in the vicinity of the airfield runways are the remainders of taxiways.


  1. ^ "The Discovery Service".

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

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.

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