‘File 7/9 Unauthorised flights by RAF’ [10r] (21/118)
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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i .ir Headquarters,
Royal ir Force in 'Iraq.
3rd Tarch, 19^2.
About a month ago I made a .forced
landing on Tarut Island and spent a couple of
nights there. I had with me the Hhief Engineer,
oyal >i .ir Force, and another Sapper officer and
we v /ere extremely well treated hy the Saudi people
and particularly "by the paramount chief, the"Emir
.oham led in T adhi of ^1 I hahur. The necessary
signals of appreciation have already passed
between the .jobassador here and King Ibn Sa^d,
but we desired in addition to present the 3mir
oham led Bin "adhi of El Khabur with a token of
our esteemed regard. This takes the form of a
silver .-jnarah York tray with a suitable inscription
and a picture of a Blenheim in the middle.
2. hen I v/as in Bahrein I saw your
predecessor and he very kindly said that he would
have this tray sent over to the Emir by launch. I
am sending the tray down now end it has //ith it a
suitable letter written in ^rabic. I should be
extremely grateful if you can undertake to get
this across to the Emir "ohai-med Tin Kadhi of El
"-habur and let me 'mow if he gets it.
3• If it is of interest to you I
enclose photographs o: 0 the tray together with
a translation of the letter and inscripti
nP ^-ta^ ^'^-"icer.
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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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