Coll 5/83 ‘Re-Fuelling facilities for R.A.F and USATC at Bahrain’

IOR/L/PS/12/2045

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The record is made up of 1 file (213 folios). It was created in 14 Jan 1944-10 Oct 1947. It was written in English. 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 papers concerning refuelling arrangements for the Royal Air Force (RAF), the United States Army Transport Command (USATC), and the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), during the Second World War (1939-1945) and into the post-war period. In particular, the distribution of contracts for refuelling services between the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO). It therefore covers developments at the Manama Sea Plane Anchorage and the Muharraq Aerodrome. A great deal of correspondence in the file focuses on legal discussion over the extent of BAPCO's monopoly over the erection of bulk fuel storage tanks in Bahrain, and whether this overrules the right of the British Government to provide refuelling facilities at aerodromes granted under the Bahrain Civil Aviation Agreement.

A sketch map showing a proposed oil pipeline from Sitra Island to the landing ground on Murharraq Island can be found on folio 59.

The main correspondents are as follows: the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Sir Charles Geoffrey Prior and Arnold Crawshaw Galloway), officials of the Air Ministry, 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. (Horace Algernon Fraser Rumbold, and Roland Tennyson Peel), officials of the Ministry of Fuel and Power (Eric Alfred Berthoud, Keith Lievesley Stock, and W D Mansell-Davis), and local RAF authorities.

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 (213 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 214; 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 in Latin script
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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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IOR/L/PS/12/2045
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Coll 5/83

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14 Jan 1944-10 Oct 1947 (CE, Gregorian)

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Coll 5/83 ‘Re-Fuelling facilities for R.A.F and USATC at Bahrain’, British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2045, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100000000555.0x000247> [accessed 25 August 2019]

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