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Coll 5/73 ‘Afghan Air Force: Reports on’ [‎74r] (147/431)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 14 Jun 1938-30 Dec 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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SECRET.
NOTES FOR REGISTRY.
EXTERNAL ADAIRS
Department.
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REGISTER NQ.
Ext.4999/44.
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SUBJECT.
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Report on Afghan Air Force for the
May/July quarter, 1944.
Secretary of State
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Under Secretary
Secretary of State
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FOR USE BY DEPARTMENT ONLY.
Six Hawker Hinds were used for a
large variety of purposes during the
Khost disturbances, including
shooting-up hostile tribesmen and
dropping leaflets. With respect to
the personnel of the small Air Force,
the British-trained contingent has
evinced considerable dissatisfaction
over terms of service, while the
serious illness of the Commandant,
Fir qua Ivlishar MuhA. Ishan Khan, has
brought to the notice of the Government
the serious lack of possible successors.
Of particular interest is the
information regarding the attitude of
the Afghans to the various types of
British aircraft offered to them.
They insist on a two-seater, general-
purpose aircraft with a high ceilingj
for this reason they are not interested
in Hurricanes, but Squadron Leader (now
Y/ing Commander) King, the Pilot
Instructor, suggests that the Henley
might meet these requirements. (Since
this report was written, the legation
has been informed that Swordfish might
be suitable, and can be made available,
but some delay in the Afghan reply to
this proposal is anticipated).
(10308) Wt. 13671/P.159 1,000 5/39 A.& E.W.Ltd.
(10853) Wt.l8S26/P.221/2 7,250 (15 sorts) 6/39
Gp.685
$9
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The file contains periodical reports by the British Military Attaché at Kabul (Colonel Alexander Stalker Lancaster) on the Afghan Air Force, they cover the period 1 March 1938 to 31 October 1947. There is a gap for the period 2 May 1938 to 31 October 1940 for which no reports are present in the file.

The reports cover a range of topics such as training flights, operations conducted, condition of aircraft, accidents, maintenance work, availability of spares, petrol stores, ground facilities, administrative or political developments, and any proposals for the purchase of additional aircraft. The reports also cover the positions of the British Instructors at Kabul relative to their Italian counterparts, and indicate the progress made in training Afghan students.

The file includes a report by Squadron Leader Reid (see folios 22-23) on his testing of the Avro Anson XIX, and a report by Squadron Leader B P King on his testing of the de Havilland Tiger Moth (see folios 82-83), for service in Afghanistan.

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (214 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 215; 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.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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