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Coll 5/65 ‘Loan of services of airmen of R.A.F. in India to Afghan Govt’ [‎3v] (6/695)

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The record is made up of 1 file (346 folios). It was created in 24 Jan 1939-11 Mar 1948. It was written in English and Persian. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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The file contains correspondence related to the secondment of Royal Air Force personnel as instructors to the Afghan Air Force. It covers matters such as terms and conditions of employment, travel expenses (including accompanying family members), the recruitment of replacement personnel, and requests from the Afghan Government for the loan of additional personnel. The file also includes copies of the contracts for a number of pilot-instructors employed by the Afghan Air Force: B Wigginton (folios 226-231), B P King (folios 122-126, 136-141, and 152-158), and G F Reid (folios 11-13). The file includes both English and Persian versions of all the aforementioned contracts with the exception of G F Reid, which is only available in English. Folios 92 and 104 outline the qualities that are considered desirable in pilot-instructors sent to Kabul.

The main correspondents are as follows: HM Minister at Kabul (William Kerr Fraser-Tytler, Francis Verner Wylie, and Giles Frederick Squire), officials of the Air Ministry, officials of the Foreign Office, officials of the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. (from August 1947, the Commonwealth Relations Office), and representatives of the External Affairs Department of the Government of India.

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (346 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 347; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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English and Persian in Latin script
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Coll 5/65 ‘Loan of services of airmen of R.A.F. in India to Afghan Govt’ [‎3v] (6/695), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2027, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100042220785.0x000009> [accessed 14 December 2019]

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