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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’ [‎8r] (19/40)

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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ARABIAN AMSRICM OIL C CLIP ANY
Manama, Bahrein Island,
August 27, 19A7
Letter No. PA-2^9«
HIS B RITrtKNIC idAJESIY'S POLITICAL ACffiNT,
Manama,
Bahrein Island.
Dear Sir,
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I should like to inform you that Aramco are currently
carrying on negotiations with the R.a.JT . at Liuharraq. for the pos
sible rental of some of their unused barracks for housing trans
ient Aramco employees of American nationality. This matter is
merely in the development stage of detennining whether or not
such barracks could be made available to Aramco and no commitment
has been made either by the R.^.F. or Aramco.
Uiis tentative plan to rent the R.^.F. barracks at
Muharraq is merely a temporary measure to relieve the acute short
age of bachelor housing space in ^rabia for our American employees.
Should negotiations reach the point where Aramco could have these
barracks on a rental basis, and it is decided to go ahead with the
tentative plan of housing from 200 to 300 men at Muharraq, the men
would be flown daily from Muharraq to Dhahran and vice versa.
I shall keep you informed of any decision reached in
this matter so that if it is decided to go ahead with housing these
men at Muharraq arrangements can subsequently be worked out as
regards control of their movements, liquor privileges, etc.
Very truly yours,
Arabian American oil company,
G. A. ^ROLSTROM
BAHREIN REPRESENTATIVE
Conli
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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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