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    Karachi Airfield (Jinnah International Airport) Sindh Province Pakistan

Location
Lat 24° 54' 23N 67° 9' 39E  Karachi Airfield is located in the center of Karachi in Sindh Province in southern Pakistan. During World War II, Karachi was part of India.

Construction
Built prewar.

Lend Lease Ferry Point
Allied aircraft being ferried to China as part of Lend Lease arrived at Karachi. One shipment included over a hundred Vultee P-66 Vanguards that were delivered to Karachi for deployment to China to equip the 3rd American Volunteer Group (AVG); however, plans for additional groups were dropped after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that began the Pacific War.

Wartime History
The US Army Air Force 9th Bombardment Squadron helped established this airfield as a ferry route for aerial reinforcements flying from the United States via Africa to forward bases during early 1942.

On March 12, 1942 ten crated P-40's arrive in Karachi by ship from Australia. Later during May 1942 USS Ranger ferries sixty P-40s across the Atlantic to the African Gold Coast where they are ferried to Karachi and assigned to the 10th Air Force.

On October 3, 1942 the Indian Air Task Force (IATF) was activated, including all units based at Karachi including the 7th Bombardment Group, 51st Fighter Group, 341st Bombardment Group.

American Units based at Karachi
7th BG, 88th RS/436th BS (B-17E) Brisbane Feb 4, 1942 Townsville March 14, 1942 - ?
7th BG, 9th BS (B-17E / B-24) Brisbane Feb 4, 1942 / Ground echelon Lahabad / air echelon Baumrauli April 27, 1942 Lydda, Palestine Oct 5, 1942 - Nov 14, 1942 Gaya
7th BG, HQ Australia March 12, 1942 - May 30, 1942 Dum Dum returns Sept , 1942
51st PG, 16th PS (P-40) US March 12 - June 27, 1942 Kunming
51st PG, 25th PS (P-40) US March 12, 1942 - ?
51st PG, 26th PS (P-40) US March 13, 1942 - ?
51st FG, HQ US March 14, 1942 - October 10, 1942 Dinjan
7th BG, 11th BS (B-17) US May 20 - 27, 1942 Lahabad
7th BG, 436th BS (B-17E) ? - June 1, 1942 Lahabad
7th BG, 22nd BS (B-25) US July 23, 1942 - ?
10th AF, 9th PRS (F-4) USA July 24, 1942 - November 30, 1942 Chakulia
341st BG, HQ activated September 15, 1942
341st BG, 490th BS (B-25) activated September 15, 1942 - January 5, 1943 Ondal
341st BG, 491th BS (B-25) activated September 15, 1942 - January 5, 1943 Ondal
341st BG, 11th BG (B-25 detachment) ? - ?
80th FG, HQ USA June 28-29, 1943 - ?
80th FG, 88th FS (P-40) USA June 28-29 - Aug 16 Gushkara returns Oct 1, 1943 Mokelbari
80th FG, 89th FS (P-40) USA June 29 - October 15, 1943 Gushkara
80th FG, 90th FS (P-40) USA June 28-29 - August 16 Gushkara returns Sept 12, 1943 Jorhat
80th FG, 459th (P-38) activated September 1 - November 5, 1943 Kurmitola
51st FG, 26th FS (P-40) ? - October 10, 1942 Dinjan
7th BG, 492nd BS (B-24) USA October 25, 1942 - November 14, 1942 Gaya
7th BG, 493rd BS (B-24) activated October 25, 1942 - January 7, 1943 Pandaveswar
33rd FG, 59th FS (P-47D) Italy February 12, 1944 - ?
33rd FG, 59th FS (P-47D) Italy February 18, 1944 - ?
33rd FG, 60th FS (P-47D) Italy February 20, 1944 - ?
33rd FG, HQ Italy February 20, 1944 - April 18, 1944 Shwangliu
81st FG, 91st FS (P-47D) Italy Feb 25 - May 15, 1944 Kwanghan (A-3) June 1 Fungwanshan
81st FG, 93rd FS (P-47D) Italy March 1 - July 11, 1944 Kwanghan (A-3)
81st FG, HQ Italy March 2 - May 12 , 1944 Kwanghan (A-3)
81st FG, 92nd FS (P-47D) March 22, 1944 - ?

Today
Still in use today as Karachi Airport a civilian airport and a port of entry for international flights. Renamed Muhammad Ali Jinnah Airport, in honor of the founder of Pakistan. Airport codes: ICAO: OPKC / IATA: KHI. The airport has two runways. The first is oriented 25L/07R measures 11,155' x 151' surfaced with concrete. The second is oriented 25R/07L measures 10,500' x 151' surfaced with concrete.

References
Karachi Airport - Official Website

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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