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Coll 5/87S ‘United States: Request for Military Air Transit Rights in India and Burma’ [‎9r] (17/609)

The record is made up of 1 file (303 folios). It was created in 2 Mar 1946-26 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.


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Govoimnent of India
Department of External Affairs and
Commonwealth Relations (India)
New Delhi, the 23rd August, 1947.
S.Dutt, Esquire, O.B.E., I.C.S.,
Secretary to the Government of India.
The Hi^i Commissioner for the
United Kingdom,
6, Albuquerque Road,
New Delhi.
I am directed to refer to the aide memo ire dated 21st July, 1947,
which was placed by the Deputy High Ccraraissioner for the United Kingdom
in India before the Hon’ble Member for External Affairs and Commonwealth
Relations in the late Government of India. The aide memo ire reads asfbllows:-
M It is understood that, at a recent meeting of the Partition Council,
His Excellency the Viceroy mentioned that it would be necessary for
His Majesty's Government to come to sane arrangement with India and
Pakistan in regard to defence matters.
2. General negotiations for such an arrangement cannot be initiated
at the moment and in any event will take time to conclude. There is
however one issue which requires immediate consideration: it is that of the
continuance of facilities for the transit of military aircraft engaged in
carrying mail, troops and Government passengers to and from the Par East.
His Majesty’s Government regard it as essential that there should be no
break in the continuity of these facilities, and trust that it will be found
possible to reach an agreement in the matter forthwith.
3. The air routes in question are:-
(a) that now flown by long range aircraft via Mauripur to Ceylon
and thence to Singapore; and
(b) that for short range aircraft via Mauripur - Palam - Dum Dum
to the Par East.
4. The facilities which His Majesty’s Government seek are:-
(i) continuance of the present arrangement whereby the
Royal Air Force in India maintain staging posts at
Mauripur and Dum Dum, and whereby the Roual Air Force in
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The file contains papers related to negotiations for air transit rights for United States military aircraft through India and Burma. The United States Army Air Force (USAAF) had enjoyed transit rights for its aircraft for the duration of the Second World War (1939-1945), and desired to continue these rights for the duration of the military occupations of Germany and Japan. It contains aide memoires, correspondence, memoranda, and notes related to parallel negotiations between the Unites States and the governments of India and the United Kingdom (UK).

Two copies of a report –JP (46) 142 (Final)– on these proposals prepared by the Joint Planning Staff, a subcommittee of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, can be found on folios 123-135 and 137-145. They include appended maps of the route: see folios 134 and 145. A few preliminary drafts of the report can also be found within the file.

Papers relating to customs, health, and passport examination of Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft in India can be found on folios 27-39.

Towards the front of the file are a small number of papers regarding the need for the UK to enter into negotiations with the newly independent dominions of India and Pakistan in order to ensure continued air transit rights for British military aircraft.

The main correspondents in the file are as follows: officials of the Burma Office (A F Morley, and Leonard Brian Walsh-Atkins) officials of the Cabinet Office (Sir Leslie Chasemore Hollis and Lieutenant-Colonel T Haddon), officials of the Foreign Office, officials of 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. , representatives of the External Affairs Department of the Government of India, and representatives of the United States in both London and New Delhi (including Waldermar John Gallman). The file also contains a number of telegrams sent to/from the Governor of Burma and the Viceroy of India.

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 (303 folios)

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 inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 304; 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.

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