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Coll 5/85 ‘Airfield at Dharan for U.S.A.A.F.: Proposal to construct new airport at Bahrain (Hamala)’ [‎9r] (18/522)

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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SECRET INDE
'S'
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. RESIDENCY A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. .
BAHRAIN .
the 17th October, 1947.
D.O. No.lSOS-S
2 2 h b
As you are probably aware B.O.A.C. land-planes
have recently tfeen using Dhahran as the Basrah land air
port is closed for repairs.
2 .
I gather that the United States Army Air Corps
at Dhahran under official instructions from their head
quarters have been non-cooperating to the best of their
ability. The B.O.A.C. Middle-East Manager Hilary was
" made to sleep in a ,Nissen hut with Arabs; he was told to
l / sign on the dotted^that the B.O.A.C. were entitled to the
use of the runways only and nothing in the way of food or
accommodation, or to clear out - and when he started to
write something on the corner of a table was ordered to
remove himself as it was U.S.A.A.C. property. About three
weeks ago when one of the B.O.A.C.’planes broke down the
passengers including Sir John Colville were forced to sleep
in the 'plane inside the hangar,and the Colonel in charge
of the aerodrome objected to offers made by members of
ARAMCO to take them to the Company's camp and entertain
them there.
3. These reports, for which I have good authority,
have probably reached His Majesty's Government from other
sources.
E.P• Donaldson, Esquire, C.M.G
Commonwealth Relations Office
King Charles Street,
Whitehall,
LONDON. S.W.l
'LB*

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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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1 file (259 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 inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 260; 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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Coll 5/85 ‘Airfield at Dharan for U.S.A.A.F.: Proposal to construct new airport at Bahrain (Hamala)’ [‎9r] (18/522), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2052, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100043044458.0x000015> [accessed 23 July 2019]

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