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'File 2/6 Southern Arabian Air Route. II-A/8' [‎34r] (80/348)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (169 folios). It was created in 11 Apr 1942-23 Jun 1942. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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After Compliments.
I much regret that I am indisposed
today and unable to take advantage of the
appointment you so kindly fixed. I am
therefore explaining the matter in this
letter and will be grateful for your
I have received a telegram from
Masirah saying that all the 400 coolies
there have stopped work and refused to
continue again. They say that it is very
hot and they are in bad health and wish to
return to Muscat immediately. .vhen
Colonel Hay and I stopped at Masirah
recently 200 coolies had already stopped
work and it was only with great difficulty
that I was able to get them to agree to
stay on and work for a few more days.
Now this is their final word and I do not
think that any further visits to Masirah
and talk with the coolies will be fruitful.
It seems to me that it will be necessary
to engage 400 fresh coolies in Muscat and
bring the others back. As the date season
is now beginning I doubt if any one would
be willing to go to Masirah on the pay at
present fixed, i.e. $ 15/- per mensem
plus food. I will be most grateful if
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The volume contains correspondence in the form of telegrams, letters, and reports related to the air facilities/landing grounds at Salalah, Masirah and Ras al-Hadd used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a war measure. The correspondence is related to the arrangement for engineers and workers to be sent to the landing grounds. In the correspondence, the term 'Coolies' [a pejorative term used by the British to refer to a non-British labourer] has been used to refer to workers.

The volume includes correspondence related to the work in progress; situation of the workers, their salaries, health conditions, strike and replacement procedure; delays to payments claimed by the engineers; reports on ships loading and unloading at the air facilities and the capacities of those facilities; as well as correspondence with the firm of Khimji Ramdas to arrange for workers’ transportation.

The volume contains correspondence between 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. , Muscat and the Government of Muscat and Oman regarding the supply of workers and building materials, and the cooperation of the latter in storing fuel and other equipment in a safe, adequately guarded place. The volume also contains correspondence between the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire, and Royal Air Force officers at Sharjah and Basra to provide aircraft whenever needed by 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. , Muscat or his Assistant at Salalah.

The volume includes reports on the visits of officers of the Iraq Levies and 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. (at different times) to the Southern Aerodromes at Bahrain, Sharjah, Muscat, Masirah and Ras al-Hadd. It also includes reports regarding RAF petrol landed, grade, quantity, and average daily rate of discharge in tonnes; the standing orders for personnel of the Royal Air Force; and the arrival of two hundred American base personnel at Salalah.

Extent and format
1 volume (169 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume. Folios 146-165 are file notes.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 165; 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. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the leading and ending flyleaves. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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