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Monday, November 5th 2012, 5:56pm

Royal Egyptian Air Force

Royal Egyptian Air Force (REAF)

Formed in 1932 under the nominal command of Commander-in-Chief (Air) Middle East, the Royal Egyptian Air Force came under Egyptian control with RAF military advisers and training staff in mid 1939. The Second-in-Command remains an RAF Group Captain. NCO posts are now all Egyptian and there are ninety Egyptian mechanics.

Order of Battle
No.1 Squadron (15 Hawker Tempest F.Mk.I)
No.2 Squadron (12 Fairey Balmoral B.Mk.I)
No.3 Squadron (8 Avro Anson C.Mk.II and 4 BCAC Wayfarer C.Mk.I and 6 Heliopolis Gomhouria 2)
No.4 Squadron (12 Fairey Balmoral B.Mk.I)
No.5 Squadron (12 12 DH Hornet FB.Mk.I)
No.6 Squadron (15 Gloster Meteor F.Mk.IV)
No.7 Squadron (7 Handley Page H.P.67 Hastings C.Mk.I)
Flying Training School (4 Avro Anson T.Mk.III, 4 Avro Anson T.Mk.IV, 4 D.H. Tiger Moth, 10 Supermarine Spitfire T.Mk.VI and 30 Heliopolis Gomhouria 1)

Almaza Aerodrome and Edku Aerodrome are the two REAF bases. A Technical Training School, a Signals and Electrical School and an Air Armament school are all co-located at Almaza. No.4 squadron and No.5 Squadrons are based at Edku.