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‘File 13/4 III: Facilities for Foreign Companies using Arab Route’ [‎9r] (17/144)

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The record is made up of 1 file (70 folios). It was created in 10 May 1942-4 May 1950. 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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H.M*s Minister, Jeddah.
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, London
Telegram No. 152.
H.M*s Ambassador, Baghdad. ? Telegram No. 30
(For Air Officer Commanding).
Britconeul, Bushire. Telegram No. 18.
Minister of State, Cairo. Telegram No. 86
Dated 28th, received 29th; April, 1942.
In view of recent crashes of R.A.F. machines
on &audi Arabian shore of Persian ^ulf (caused I understand by
machines attempting to land on surface which appeared safe from
air but which was in fact soft sand) Manager California Arabian
ffiil Company has suggested to me that his company should proceed
to mark out several spots between Kuwait frontier and Dahran
where safe landings could be made.
2. Markings would be quite elementary. Jompany have
in mind driving cars round and round spots ehosen until track
is sufficiently clear from the air and then taking tracks with oil
Company would also make strip maps showing spots chosen and send
copies to R.A.F.
3. I thanked Company for their offer and 1 enquired
from Saudi Government whether they had any objection. Ibn Saud
has now agreed to proposal on the understanding that places
marked will only be used in the event of forced landings. He
has instructed his officials on Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. coast to
( ? omission) Company to proceed with proposal.
- H.M’s Representative, Jeddah

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The file, which is a continuation of correspondence in the volume ‘File 13/4 II Facilities for Foreign Air Company’s using Arabian Air Route’ (IOR/R/15/2/512), deals chiefly with the use of air facilities around the Arabian peninsula by United States aircraft during the Second World War. The file contains correspondence relating to: plans of the Californian Standard Oil Company to construct landing strips along the Arab coast between Dhahran and Kuwait; Pan-American Airways aircraft being used by the United States military in the region, and an agreement that such aircraft should be entitled to the same privileges in using aerodrome facilities as British RAF aircraft; concerns among British officials at Pan-American Airways’ attempts to further their commercial interests in the Gulf during the war. A final item of correspondence in the file, dating from 1950, concerns a request by the Lebanese authorities to extend an air route to Kuwait.

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1 file (70 folios)

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 69-70) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover, and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-71; these numbers are also written in pencil, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence, but they are not circled.

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