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‘File 7/27 Closing down of Royal Air Force station, Muharraq in 1947 and arrangements for maintaining and servicing Muharraq aerodrome’ [‎3r] (9/40)

The record is made up of 1 file (17 folios). It was created in 14 Apr 1947-17 Nov 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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Squadron-Leader Cock brought an Air Vioe-Marehal and
an iiir-Comroodore from the K.A.'P. Headviuarterb, Middle dlaLt, to
see me thie morning* I did not catch their naroeia# Hiey stated
that owing to releabes tiicy are compelled to reduce H. a .F. pereonn
at Bahrain and oharjah tea minimum*
2# jo far ae Bahrain is concerned they are anxious to find
somebody to take over much of the accommodation at i uharra^*
are apparently taking over some of it but there will be a
good deal left. Uney cannot incur any financial liability thenw
selves arid are not willing to appoint a contractor to run anything
in the mture of a hotel or rest house on their behalf. They
want some organisation such as the Bahrain Government or an oil
company to take over the buildings and make their own arrangements
for their use •
5* So far as isharjah is concerned I pointed out to them
that it was essential that either the B*0«A«C* or R.A.F. should
remain in change of the fort there as other-ise it would
revert to the Shaikh* I also said that if the !i»A*F* Vcicated
any of their buildings they woula probably have to revert to the
Shaikh* Th ^y told me that a small occupational force of H* a .P*
would in any case be left there. Thqy seemed to have some idea
that some Indian company e.g. Tatas might take over entire
responsibility for looking after the Sharjah aerodrome. I
said I did not consider this would be feasible unless they acted
as agents of the B.O.A.C.
4. talked to me at great length about "Mef* arrange
ments. I understand that at 'Ahrain there is both an -^ir
Ministry and an Indian Met or anisation and at Sharjah there is
both an a.A.F* and an Indian Met organisation. There is there
fore a duplication of work and they consider that in both places
arrangements should be made for the work to be done by one organ
isation. They do not necessarily want to ^et rid of the Indian
Met organisation but have some idea that it might function on
behalf of the Air Ministry or winistiy of Civil /iviation, I
was not clear which.

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The file’s correspondence and other papers relate to the cessation of Royal Air Force (RAF) activities at Muharraq, as well as at Sharjah. Correspondence takes place between 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. and 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. , and various representatives of the RAF and civil aviation authorities. The correspondence covers issues such as the reduction of an RAF workforce at Muhurraq to fifteen men, the question of who will take on responsibility for the aerodrome at Muharraq (the Arabian American Oil Company, the Bahrain Government, the British Overseas Airways Corporation), and the viability of maintaining a ‘first-class’ airfield at Muharraq.

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1 file (17 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. Circled index numbers written using blue/red crayon can be found throughout the file, and refer to the office notes at the end of the file (folios 16-17).

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Foliation: The main foliation sequence begins on the front cover and ends on the 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. The following foliation anomalies occur: 1, 1A, and 1B.

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‘File 7/27 Closing down of Royal Air Force station, Muharraq in 1947 and arrangements for maintaining and servicing Muharraq aerodrome’ [‎3r] (9/40), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/289, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023233601.0x00000a> [accessed 23 September 2019]

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