'File 2/6 Southern Arabian Air Route. II-A/8' [105r] (222/348)
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.
This transcription is created automatically. It may contain errors.
OHIE^ 13NGIHEEB» R.A.F. INSPEOTION NOTES.
FEKSTAN 'NNfe'-STWONS; 'HTA.T; A *
^ -EL - H-AJ)
, position on 9th April 1943*
This was originally designed as a W/T Station and staging
Dst on the reinforcement route only, and hy direct arrangement
3tween H.O. R.A.3?. Middle East and India the work is "being done
■f the Government of India. The A..O.O. has now ruled that accom
odation is to he provided for a full squadron, and H.O.R.A.F. M.E.
we been asked to arrange for India to provide the accommodation
3 they are already doing the runway. No decision has been
-g § Owing to the soft surface a mix-in-place carpet is essential.
i 9th April one mixer was ashore and assembled, bitumen E.70 and
1 smaining mixers'were being landed. The Engineer in charge hoped
o have the main runway, 1,600 yds. bearing 360, ready in two months
iliiJ id the cross runway, 1000 yds. bearing 170°in another month. The
3 rodrome cannot be used operationally till the main runway is
omplete, but it is possible for Vincents and Bombays to land off
he runwatj now.
Local water is unfit for Europeans. At present drinking
■ iter is brought by dhow from SUR* 30 miles West but supplies
r*e liable to interruption by adverse winds. The Engineer told
3 he was expecting shortly a 4,000 gallon distilling plant. This
111 be ample for one squadron.
. There are no local building resources. India are sending
re-fabricated wooden huts for a small W/T staff of 6 officers and
1 men. It is not known hwere they got this figure from, which is
onsiderably below A.H.Q. Iraqfs original figure, but it is hoped
hat they will be able to provide hutting for the full squadron,
India are understood to be providing a 30 kw. D.0. generator,
s the climate of Ras-el-Had is considerably less severe than that
f Bahrain or Sharjah it is not proposed to provide air cooling
lant, but to instal a ton ice plant available irom .1.0. '.
nd such fans as can be run from the 30 kw. set.
!o - Major G-eneral, Tenth Army,
opy to: /
S .E .Aerodromes.
C.E.R.A.P. 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. . / ^
. A. E
,87-3 of 1942.
f h 44 -
id Consulate General,
Bushire, the 37th May 1943.
British Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India.
Copy forwarded, with compliments, to
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.
About this item
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.
- Written in
- English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script View the complete information for this record
Use and share this item
- Share this item
'File 2/6 Southern Arabian Air Route. II-A/8' [105r] (222/348), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/6/82, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100072583442.0x000017> [accessed 17 February 2020]
Copy and paste the code below into your web page where you would like to embed the image.
<meta charset="utf-8"><a href="https://www.qdl.qa/en/archive/81055/vdc_100072583442.0x000017">'File 2/6 Southern Arabian Air Route. II-A/8' [‎105r] (222/348)</a> <a href="https://www.qdl.qa/en/archive/81055/vdc_100072583442.0x000017"> <img src="https://images.qdl.qa/iiif/images/81055/vdc_100000000831.0x0002da/IOR_R_15_6_82_0222.jp2/full/!280,240/0/default.jpg" alt="" /> </a>
Copyright: How to use this content
- 'File 2/6 Southern Arabian Air Route. II-A/8'
- front, back, spine, edge, head, tail, front-i, i-r:ii-v, 1r:16v, 17ar:17av, 17r:35v, 37r:45v, 48r:56v, 59r:77v, 79r:84v, 86r:93v, 95r:165v, iii-r:iv-v, back-i
- East India Company, the Board of Control, the India Office, or other British Government Department
- Usage terms
- Open Government Licence