‘File 7/9 Unauthorised flights by RAF’ [6r] (13/118)
The record is made up of 1 file (58 folios). It was created in 18 Jan 1936-17 May 1942. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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5th October, 1938.
I am directed "by Viscount Halifax to request you to
inform the Air Council that the Saudi Arabian Minister
called at the Foreign 0 flee on the 16th SeptemV. r and
said that he had received instructions from King Abdul Aziz
to make a com junioation to His Majesty*s Oorernment in the
2. King Abdul Aziz had lately been asked by His
Majesty's Oovernment on more than one occasion for permission
for aircraft to pa^n over ?;audi Arabian territory.
Kinc Abdul Aziz had for his own part no objection at all to
givin . permission and was only too glad to be able to assist
His Majesty 's Gove n lent in such matueru. Unfortunr ely,
the passage of such aircraft was noticed by his subjects,
among v /hom w re tribesnien w^iose knowledge of the outer world
was small end whose suspicion of all things foreign was
considerable. Although holdin, no sympathy with the views
of such persons, King Abdul Aziz was bound to take into
account their criticisms, irfiich were to the efiect that
the pat sage of aircraft was a sign that he had sold his
country to the British and that prrmlsslon ought not to be
granted. In these circumstanoes. His Majesty's Govern cnt
would avoid placing Kin, Abdui Aziz in an embarrassing
situation if they were to make requests for permission for
flights by aircraft on very rare occasions only.
3. The Saudi Arabian Minister was informed that the
The Seor< tary
of the Air Ministry.
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The file’s correspondence, papers and other items relate to unauthorised flights and emergency landings in Saudi territory by British aircraft. The principal correspondents in the file are the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Bahrain, the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Kuwait (these two posts being held by a number of incumbents during the period covered), and representatives of the Californian Arabian Standard Oil Company [CASOC].
Most of the file’s correspondence relates to two specific incidents. The first, taking place in January 1942, involved the forced landing of an Royal Air Force (RAF) Blenheim aircraft at El Khabur or Al Khobar [Al Khubar] in Saudi Arabia, and the subsequent presentation by British officials to the Shaikh of Al Khubar of a silver tray, in recognition of the assistance given by him and his people. Photographs of the tray and its inscription are found on folios 10A-10C. A second incident, involving the emergency landing of three RAF Hurricanes in salt marshes at Ras es Safaniyah [Safaniyah] in April 1942, led to negotiations with Ibn Saud, and subsequent efforts by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Kuwait and CASOC representatives to first retrieve the pilots and then salvage the planes.
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The file is arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest items at the front of the file to the latest at the end. The office notes at the end of the file (folios 50-54) mirror the chronological arrangement.
Some items in the file are annotated in pencil with page numbers which refer to other items in the file, as marked with the file’s original pagination/foliation system using red and blue pencil numbers, also referred to in the office notes.
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Foliation: The main foliation sequence starts on the front cover and finishes on the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, and can be found 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 (except for ff. 10A-10C, which are on the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. side). The following foliation anomalies occur: 1 and 1A; 10, 10A, 10B, 10C.
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