Coll 5/85 ‘Airfield at Dharan for U.S.A.A.F.: Proposal to construct new airport at Bahrain (Hamala)’ [4r] (8/522)
The record is made up of 1 file (259 folios). It was created in 17 Mar 1944-14 Nov 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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Ref: Ext.22j.yf/2f-7 dated 10th November 1947 to Garran, dealing with
the use by B.O.A.C. of the AmshFiu zm aerodrome at Dhahran.
route the U.K./India service through Bahrain in preference to
Dhahran, ws asked the Air Ministry -whether they would be prepared
to permit B.O.A.C. to operate these York services through Bahrain,
on the understanding that the Corporation would provide the necessary
personnel for handling services, and that no additional commitments
would fall on the R.A.P.
3, The Air Ministry, in reply, stated that there was
little doubt that the runway at Bahrain would deteriorate rapidly
if there were extensive operations of this type of aircraft, and
that in wet weather particularly, the danger of deterioration would
be more marked. They pointed out that during a period vtfien air
craft with tyre pressures of 60 lbs per square inch operated
through this airfield, the natural surface was badly cut up, and
caused rapid deterioration of the P.S.P.. In these circumstances,
their view was that B.O.A.C. would be taking considerable risk in f
recommendations and, while we have not yet had their considered
views, it is understood that the Corporation are unlikely to change
the route from Dhahran to Bahrain, despite the lack of passenger
handling facilities and the other difficulties at the former place.
Following a proposal by B.O.A.C. Headquarters to
operating Yorks at Muharraq,
We have informed the Corporation of the Air Ministry’s
/it has been
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The file is concerned with proposals for the construction of an airfield – suitable for very heavy bombers – at Dhahran by the United States Army Air Transport Command as a wartime necessity, and applications from the United States to the United Kingdom for the latters support in obtaining permission from Saudi Arabia. See folios 239-241 for a brief on these proposals.
The file also contains papers related to proposals for the post-war civil operation following the construction of the airfield, and the transfer of ownership from the United States to Saudi Arabia. Related papers concern proposals from Trans World Airlines for the development of civil aviation in Saudi Arabia, and counter proposals from the British Government for a civil air mission. This includes the use of Dhahran by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).
A typed copy of a report by a Ministry of Civil Aviation Technical Survey Party on aerodromes in the Middle East and 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. (1947) has also been included: see folios 26-55. The minutes of a subsequent meeting held by the Civil Aviation Planning Committee on 1 April 1947 to discuss the reports findings can be found on folios 18-19.
The main correspondents in the file are as follows: HM Minister at Jeddah (Sir Laurence Grafftey-Smith), officials of the Foreign Office, officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and 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. (Commonwealth Relations Office from August 1947).
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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