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Kanchrapara Airfield

RAF Kanchrapara

Kanchrapara Airstrip
Airport typeFormer Military
LocationKanchrapara, India
Elevation AMSL32 ft / 10 m
Coordinates22°55′22″N 088°27′35″E / 22.92278°N 88.45972°E / 22.92278; 88.45972
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 1,500 4,921 Concrete

Kanchrapara Airstrip is a former military airstrip located near Kanchrapara, in West Bengal, India.


During September–c. 4 October 1945 World War II, the airfield was used as a reconnaissance base by the 8th Reconnaissance Group of The United States Army Air Forces Tenth Air Force. It was home to several P-51 Mustang, B-25 Mitchell and P-38 Lightning airframes during that time. After World War II, this airstrip was closed and left abandoned. Presently the air force has opened Air Force Selection Board here which was inaugurated in 2014. This airfield is becoming operational again. The boundaries have been fenced again. Civilians are no longer allowed to enter. An old MIG-21 has been brought here for a showcase, it can be seen from the main gate. All these days it was used by the local inhabitants and the NCC for physical training purpose.

See also


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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.