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'File 38/11 P. C. L. Planes' [‎88r] (175/338)

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The record is made up of 1 file (167 folios). It was created in 30 May 1938-22 Apr 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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IRAQ, PETROLEUM COMPANY LTD.
MEMORANDUM
From: HAIFA
Mail Division MANAGEMENT.
To: PETROLEUM CONCESSIONS
LTD.,BAHREIN.
Memo No .GF/E/a/2265
Subject: USE OF AIRFIELDS IN
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.
Date 4th February,
1946 .
Reference your letter D0/PCQ,.4/4118 of 22nd January
1946 to H.B.M's 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. , Bahrain, of which you
sent us a copy.
I
The information required by the P.A. in his letter to
you, D.O. No. c/88 of Jan. 20th 1946 is :-
(1) Five (5) D-H 89As.
Registration Letters :
G-AGOR
G-AGOP
G-AGDP
G-AGTM
G-AGTN
(2) The aircraft at the moment are based at Haifa.
They will probably be based at Bahrein when
detached for duty in the 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. , until an
airfield is prepared at Qatar whey they will be
based there.
It is the intention at a later date to have air
craft permanently based in the Gulf area and the
base will probably be at Basra. Full information
on this matter will be passed to the Political
Agent as and when the changes occur.
(3) Radio Apparatus installed in al 1 aircraft is for
Telegraphy and/or Telephone. Fixed and Trailing
Aerials are fitted.
Transmitters are Type AD77. Medium and short Wave.
Receivers are Type AD6872C. ” w " "
Call signs used are Registration letters of air
craft .
(4) Pilots are :-
Messrs. F.R.Tomkins.
K. Lingford.
E.P. Cook *
R.M.Hackney
R.H.McIntosh *
J.O.Penrose.
All the above hold t B T Licences. Those marked *
hold 2nd Class Navigations Certificates.
It would be of value to our Aviation Department if
you could let us have the amount of fuel stock held at the
various airfields under consideration, together with informa
tion regarding refuelling facilities at each place.
(Sgd.) J.J.Page
c.c. Mr . He s e1din.

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The file contains correspondence relating to the movement of company (Petroleum Concessions Limited) planes in the 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. . The main correspondents are: representatives of Petroleum Concessions Limited and its subsidiary companies (Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited and Petroleum Development (Oman and Dhofar) Limited); 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 Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire (later Bahrain) [ 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. Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ]; Sir Charles Belgrave, Advisor to the Shaikh of Bahrain; the 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. ; the Air Vice-Marshal, Commanding British Forces in Iraq; the Government of India, External Affairs Department; Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani [‘Abdullāh bin Qāsim Āl Thānī], ruler of Qatar; Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr [Sulṭān bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī], ruler of Sharjah; Shaikh Said bin Maktum [Sa‘īd bin Maktūm Āl Maktūm], ruler of Dubai; and 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 Muscat.

The papers within the file are mostly concerned with permission for landings and flyovers by company planes in Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Sharjah, Dubai, and Oman. These permissions are sought by the company from the appropriate ruler (as sovereign) and the RAF (for use of the airfields), via the appropriate British Government officer (in this case, 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 permissions sometimes include details of the planes, such as name, registration, passengers, pilot, engineers, and wireless operators.

Other matters covered by the file include:

  • the distribution by the company of their own aviation fuel to aerodromes across the region;
  • the planning and permission of an aerial photographic survey of Qatar and its territorial waters carried out by the company in early 1947.

There is a gap in the correspondence between 1939 and 1945, due to the Second World War.

Folio 123 is a sketch map of southern Qatar, showing the limits of the proposed aerial survey.

Folios 159-68 are internal office notes.

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1 file (167 folios)
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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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