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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’ [‎12r] (27/40)

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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COi^IL^ T IAL.
U.O,Ko.1825-3
PERSIA:, GUJ^ 1 R^siLiCiCY,
3aJ:irain,
the 2l3t October, 1947.
Dear Donaloson,
< Please refer to the papers forwarded v.i th
Commonwealth Relations Office endorsement No.Iixt.2168/47
dated the 13th October, 1947 , about tlrie cost of proviaing
civil control and radio staff at aerodromes in the Persian
Gulf .
2. The position in the Gulf is that with considerable
difficulty we have succeeded in bribing some of the Rulers
to allow us to develop and maintain land ing-grounds or
flying-boat bases in order to establish control over air
communications in this part of the world. There is a
possibility that when we renew existing agreements we may
have to pay more than we did before arid it is out of the
question to ask the otates to contribute. incidentally
the Jtates concerned derive little or no benefit from the
air services which use their landing grounds or flying-,
boat oases. 6o far as 1 am aware there is no service
which picks up and sets down passengers at 3harjah while
at Bahrain there are two services between the united
Kingdom and Bahrain which are reserved for oil personnel
and a number of through services to the -tf'ar iiJast and
Australia which do not cater at all for local traffic.
There is at present one shuttle flying-boat service per
week between Bahrain and Karachi which is availaole ^
to
the local public
Is t .November.
but that is being taken off from the
3. Th e lan d i ng gro und
one for international use.
Company and used chiefly for
providing such facilities as
definite undertaking might be
at Kuwait is not/designated
It is maintained by the "Oil
their purposes. 'They are
exist and possibly some
obtained from them that
they will provide civil control and radio staff if the
air agreement with the Shaikh is renewed, but I do not
think we can call upon the Shaikh to meet the cost of this
unless he himself presses for the development of the
landing ground as a designated one and services are arranged
which can be utilised by the State and its subjects.
Yours sincerely,
3d. J.R .RAY.
iii.P. Donaldson Esquire, G.lu.G.,
Commonwealth Relations Office,
King Charles Street,
Whitehall, Lonaon, S.w. 1 .

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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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