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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’ [‎14r] (31/40)

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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WITH THE COMPLIMENTS
OF THE
UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE
FOR
COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS.
Ext.2126/1947
R.32468
2nd October, 1947.
Dear Wing Commander Cunliffe,
You will remember that I spoke to you some days ago
about present arrangements for the maintenance of Muharraq
airfield at Bahrain; I understood from you that this aerodrome
is currently being maintained by the R.A.F. and that, subject to
any alteration in plans because of political or other factors,
it"was probable that you would wish to keep an aerodrome there
of approximately the present standards.
2. I now enclose a letter which we have received from
B.O.A.C. from which you will see that they do not consider the
traffic offering at Bahrain warrants the construction of a first
class airfield there and they request an assurance that the^
existing aerodrome will be kept .serviceable in accordance with
J its present classification. We should accordingly be grateful
if the Air Ministry would undertake to inform us immediately if
any change is contemplated in the present R.A.F. policy towards
Muharraq in order that we may feive consideration to possible
alternative arrangements. *
3. I am sending copyes of this letter and enclosure to
Mr. Muirhead (Foreign Office) and Mr. Hallows (Commonwealth
Relations Office).
Yours sincerely,
(Sgd). L.J. Dunnet.
ing Commander E .V. Cunliffe, M.B.E.,
Air Ministry 0.8.,
Bush House,
Aldwych, W.C.2
P.S. As Miss Wylie is away sick
I am signing on her behalf

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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’ [‎14r] (31/40), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/289, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023233601.0x000020> [accessed 31 March 2020]

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