Egyptian Air Force (1930-1952) - Part II

In addition to the Gladiator's REAF received in 1938, in the same year it received a squadron of Westland Lysander which performed liaison and recon. roles.

Hawker Hurricane was also supplied to REAF after the WWII.

This looks a Hurricane more than a Spitfire (as labeled from the original source of this image)...markings of downed / bombed aircraft, vehicles, and bombs dropped over settlement in Palestine during Arab-Israeli War in 1948.

Above, (as described in the original source of the image) pilots celebrating the arrival of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk's in late 1940's.

In the late stages of Palestine war in July 1948, REAF received the Short Sterling, the first four-engined heavy bomber to serve for an Egyptian air force.

After the end of 1948 war, Handley Page Halifax became the second heavy bomber to join REAF, served till late 1952.

Avro Lancaster is the third type bomber to join REAF after 1948 war.

Gloster Meteor F4 shifted REAF into the jet era when it was delivered 1949.
Meteor was not the only jet served for REAF, the de Havilland Vampire also was the second type of jets to serve for the REAF before the the Egyptian Revolution took place in 1952 ending the Royal Era in Egypt.


  1. Hi ,
    Very interesting photos.
    Third one is indeed a Spitfire, certainly a MkIX (see windscreen, and six exhaust pipes of the Merlin 60 serie) .

  2. Galgot, many thanks for your clarification !!

    Best wishes

  3. Dear Sir,
    I'm currently researching use of Egyptian aviation in 1948 war so I'm wondering would you be so kind to email me some more information about photo "6-Hawker Hurricane Mk-b-1940s" actually showing REAF Spitfire IX. I would like to use it as illustration in my magazine article.

    Best regards,

    Mr. Predrag Jelic

    1. Dear Mr. Jelic,
      Sorry for my late reply, you can download any photo you like directly from my blog as I always post here the maximum available size of imagery, and regarding the 3rd photo, unfortunately the Arabic source has no more info about it..

      Plz let me know whether you need anymore info about any aircraft :)

      BTW, can you send me a link for your magazine? I'm interested to see your publishes :)


  4. Dear R.S.
    I hope the article will be published in "Vojna povijest" (Military History) magazine here in Croatia. For my earlier articles you could search American Military History, World War II and Aviation History magazines from years 2001, 2004 and 2008.

    One question: Does your Arabic source have any photo of Egyptian Macchi 205V fighter? There is just one photo reappearing over and over again on the Internet...

    Best regards,

  5. Excellent photos; I have to make some remarks though:

    The P-40 is an ex-RAF Curtiss H-81 "Tomahawk" not a H-87 "Warhawk".

    The Hurricane in the first photo is a Mk. IIC Trop .

    The second "Hurricane" (with the mission/kill markings) is actually a Spitfire Mk. IX.

    The Strlings were three Mk. V transports that were previously used by the Belgian companies Trans-Air and Air Transport SA before being sold to Egypt; the Mk. V model retained the bomb bay doors and controls so theoretically it could be used as a bomber.

    The Meteor is a T7 two seat trainer.

  6. Many thanks Panoz !!

    I'll update this post with all your additions and comments :)
    Please keep in touch

  7. RS,

    I would like permission to use one or two of your photos in an expansion booklet for the table top miniature game Mein Panzer. I am currently writing a "data" book with vehicle data to play AIW scenarios for the game. More info can be found here www.odgw.com

    I would be glad to cite you and your blog as contributing any photos used.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Respectfully, Kenny N.

    1. Dear Kenny,

      Plz note that any photo that is not watermarked with "LUFTWAFFE A.S" (as those posted here in this post) are not mine, they are collected from public sources, for sure you may use any !!

      Best wishes !!

    2. Thank you R.S.


  8. AnonymousMay 31, 2014

    I was searching and found my uncle Mohamed Abdel Hamid AbouZeid and his Spitfire with markes showing also his flight logbook maybe I could help with more sources.
    pls contact me