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‘File 7/11 Flights of unidentified aircraft’ [‎6r] (11/108)

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The record is made up of 1 file (52 folios). It was created in 14 Nov 1940-30 Oct 1944. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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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. on board Nearchus.
Government of India, New ^elhi.
Secretary of State for India, London.
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. , Bahrain. *
T/610
Dated and received the 25th November 1940
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My telegram No.T/585 of November 20th.
Political Officer Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. further reoorts
that Ccmmander of Royal Air Force unit landed at Sharjah
on November 23rd and informed him that on November 19th
Italian broadcast was claiming bombing successes in
Bahrain. This seems to idenfy aircraft as Italian.
RESIDENT

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The file contains letters, telegrams and other papers relating to unidentified aircraft either seen or heard over the Arab coast during the Second World War, and the emergency landing of a B-17 Flying Fortress at Abu Dhabi in May 1944. Correspondence is sent and received by a host of British officials including political and consular agents and RAF officers.

A telex sent by 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. to the Government of India on 25 November 1940 reported that Italian radio broadcasts had claimed success in a bombing raid over Bahrain, accounting for recent reports of unidentified aircraft in the area (folio 6). A large part of the correspondence in the file concerns payments made by the crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress to local Arabs, who offered them water and assistance. The crew members gave an array of banknotes to one man, which staff at the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. in Bahrain attempted to convert into rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. at the Eastern Bank (folio 38). Further correspondence relates to a complaint made by the clerk at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. in Sharjah, over abuse directed at him by staff from the RAF base in the town (folios 46-47).

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1 file (52 folios)
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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 51-53) mirror the chronological arrangement. Circled index numbers, written in red crayon and ink, can be found throughout the volume, and refer to the office notes.

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Foliation: The main foliation sequence starts on the front cover and ends on the inside back cover, and uses circled pencil numbers in the top-right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . A second foliation sequence is also present between ff. 2-49; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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