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‘File 7/2 VI Landing grounds and seaplane anchorages’ [‎117r] (252/618)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (298 folios). It was created in 5 Aug 1937-30 Apr 1942. 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.

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Reference JNo.
Cij]/3H/ 3 84 .
The Regional Director,
"British overseas Airv/ays Corporation,
Karachi - mdia.
Dear 3ir,
With reference to your letter i/20/70/cJV/SB of iMth
September i94i, and to previous correspondence on the responsi-
biiity tor inaintenance work at taharjah, i have now been author
ised oy the Air Ministry to hand over the responsibility for
the care and maintenance of bharjah -b'ort to you.
2. Under this arrangement you will assume full responsibility
ior the maintenance in at least their present condition of all
the buildings, plant and landing ground at bharjah as well as
the Jetty and accommodation at Dubai Creek. Any advice you
may require particularly as regards the power house plant can
always oe had oy reference to me, and i must reserve the right
to inspect the buildings and plant, especially as the latter
are only being handed over on inventory to you. i would also
wish that tne power house supervisor should continue to make
out the monthly r'orms 615 which would then be forwarded by your
Superintendent direct to me.
AIR WORKS DIRECTORATE,
Air Headquarters,
Royal Air b'orce m iraq,
Habbaniyah, Iraq,
17 th
o c t o b e r
1941.
WORK S SERVI CES - SHARJAH.
5. All proposals for additions, alterations or new works
of any description must De sent to me for approval and it
should be noted that my powers of local approval are limited
to services costing £ 100; any estimates in excess of that
figure will have to be submitted to the Air Ministry.
AH services carried out by you will be paid for by
Air Ministry after submission of your certified accounts
through me.
b. The Air Ministry valuation of the works stores at
Sharjah at 51-7-1941 was ^ 119ii ^Expendable Stores j -1010)
CTools etc. * 182)
and you have already indicated your willingness to take these
over on repayment. The actual amount can be adjusted by
uedu^ ting l 10m tne July 1 igure tne value of stores issued up
to the actual date of transfer.
6. Attached to tins letter is a statement of the names,
rates oi pay and conditions ol service for all the "imported 1 *
A.M. Worics employees at Sharjah on 31-7-1941. Previously you
expressed willingness to take them over at these rates of pay
but wished to know more of their present conditions of service,
Tney were all offered the alternative of remaining at sharjah
with you or returning to Air Ministry service in iraq, but
tne recent upheaval has doubtless been the reason why no reply
has been received. Having had this notice, however, it is
suggested that each man coulci be dealt with personally on site
at the hand-over.
/ 7.

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The volume’s letters, telegrams and other papers relate to the installation, maintenance and extension of British air facilities along the Arab coast of the Gulf. The principle correspondents in the file are 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. , the 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. at Bahrain, the Political Officer on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , and representatives of the Royal Air Force [RAF] and Imperial Airways (referred to after 1939 as the British Overseas Airways Corporation [BOAC]).

Correspondence in the first part of the volume (folios 1e-50) concerns a fire at the RAF petrol store at Doha in August 1937, resulting in serious burns to a number of men. Some of this correspondence also refers to an injury to Nasr bin Jassim [Nasr bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], brother of Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, the ruler of Qatar, suffered while riding his horse during a parade prior to travelling to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. to fight against the Bahraini forces. Agreement was reached between British Government officials and the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Charles Belgrave, for Nasr bin Jāsim to travel to Bahrain for medical attention.

Most of the later correspondence in the volume is dated to the Second World War, and relates to the creation of new or improved RAF facilities in the Gulf in early 1942. These included extended facilities, capable of accommodating bomber squadrons, at Bahrain and Sharjah, and new facilities at Dubai (folio 131). Correspondence also records the arrangements made with the Bahrain hospital and American Missionary hospital in Bahrain, to accommodate RAF patients as required.

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1 volume (298 folios)
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The contents of the volume are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest items at the front of the volume to the latest at the rear. There is a set of office notes at the end of the volume (folios 266-97) which mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: The volume is foliated from the front cover to the inside back cover, using pencil numbers in the top-right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . This foliation system has been adapted from an earlier pagination system. The following foliation anomalies occur: ff. 1a-1e, 34a, 34b, 84a, 85b, 139a, 139b, 193a, 193b. The following folios are missing, as a result of the volume’s original pagination system: ff. 106, 212, 231. The following folios are fold-outs: ff. 47, 48, 65, 93, 104, 138, 173, 174, 179, 211, 230, 268, 277, 278, 280, 282, 287.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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