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Coll 5/81 ‘Facilities for U.S. Air Transport Corps at Bahrein and Sharjah’ [‎5r] (9/291)

The record is made up of 1 file (144 folios). It was created in 30 Nov 1943-9 Jul 1945. 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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quoted Ao y 731 31 ^5 / 3#
and the following number
Telephone:
Extn
Any communications on the
subject of this letter should
be addressed to :—
Your Ref. :
Abbey 3411
I aft command
1
to refer to India
Office lette r Ext.1194/45 of the 26th I r arch.1 %-5 . enclosing a
copy Of a memorandum iTom tiie 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. in the
Persian G-ulf about the ultimate disposal of‘buildings
constr-'cted at Sharjah by the Royal Air Force for tne use of
the Royal Air ^orce Transport Command and the United States
Army Transport Corns.
2. The Council assume that the agreement made with the
Shaikh of Sharjah in 19V+ for the utilisation by the Royal
Air Force of certain areas free of rent for the duration of
the war is valid until the end of the war with Japan. In
regard to the buildings erected on them, it is no doubt
inevitable that, so far as immovables are concerned, they
willjwhen declared surplus to Ro' r al Air Force needs, become
the property of the Shaikh, but it has to be borne in mind
that even after the Japanese war the Royal Air Force will wish
to continue using the station, probably as a refuelling stop
for single and twin-engine aircraft, and as an alternative
airfield to Bahrein. General reconnaissance aircraft may also
wish to make emergency landings there.
3. Should, therefore, the Shaikh raise any guestion
involving the Royal Air Torce vacation
The Under Secretary of State
IITDIA OFFICE^,
S.W.1.

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The file contains papers related to the provision of facilities for the United States Air Transport Command at both Bahrain and Sharjah. This includes policy and strategy discussions over how best to maintain British control of the Arabian Coast Air Route; British planners feared that the United States might use facilities, built using American personnel and finance, as a lever for post-war concessions in civil aviation. It therefore includes correspondence related to the leasing of land, and the construction of buildings, by the Royal Air Force (RAF) for the use of the United States.

A map showing Bahrain Oil Company (BAPCO) establishments in Bahrain can be found on folio 127, and a table showing the facilities required by the United States can be found on folio 102.

The main correspondents are as follows: 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. 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. (Charles Geoffrey Prior), 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 (Tom Hickinbotham), officials of the Air Ministry, 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. (Roland Tennyson Peel, Francis Anthony Kitchener Harrison, and Dennis Mackrow Cleary), officers of Air Headquarters in Iraq, and representatives of the External Affairs Department of the Government 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 (144 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 for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 145; 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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