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    Default A New Online Resource of Original Documents...?

    Hi all, haven't seen this mentioned before, so hope I'm not repeating something previously posted... but just in case...

    While looking for some information on the AOC Cyprus in the early 1950s, I stumbled across the Arabian Gulf Digital Archive (hosted by The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates), which appears to have a large amount of original, scanned and transcribed documents available FOC, ranging in date from 1820 to 2004!

    The website says, "The initial phase of the project collects material from The National Archives, UK represents documents from the British Government about the region. Most of these documents were written by British officials and record their perspective on events and their impressions of people they met in the region. They provide a unique contemporary resource but, as with all historical documents, must be understood in the context of their times."

    See: https://www.agda.ae/en/search

    It's not specifically military oriented, like TNA London, but a search for the basic term "RAF" provides 50 pages of 12 files (maybe that's the limit) all scanned and transcribed.

    The simple search for "RAF" reveals a surprising array of material. Admittedly, most docs appear to be post WWII, but what is there includes lists of names and ranks of RAF personnel. Here's an example from 1962: https://www.agda.ae/en/catalogue/tna/fo/371/162864/n/26 - From page 24 of that doc is a memo issued by the British Consul-General in Muscat with a list of RAF staff serving in the Sultan of Oman's Air Force.

    The docs appear to be scans of existing TNA files, e.g. AIR 28/1623, AIR 23/636, etc. This latter file is entitled, "Landing grounds on Arabian coast: Bahrain", and is dated 1934 Dec-1940 Nov.

    For those looking for RAF info in the Middle East, Africa and Med, happy hunting! :-)

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    Steve
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    Not entirely new. I am lacking information on what has been added recently, and always irritatated that some stuff has not been added. I hope the project is ongoing, and some other files will be added.
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    Yep i ran into it only a couple of months ago, there does appear to be some WW2 era docs as well. some samples

    https://www.agda.ae/en/catalogue/tna/air/23/645/n/103
    AIR 23/645
    1932 Feb.-Oct.
    Development of air route along Arabian coast
    Description
    This file contains correspondence from Air Staff Headquarters, RAF Iraq Command at Hinaidi concerning the development of the air routes which pass through the Gulf and the south coast of Arabia to India and Aden, particularly reconnaissance of potential landing grounds and anchorages for flying boats and arrangements for refuelling.

    another file https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/l...x000229_en.pdf

    correspondence on sending a Spitfire VIII to Afghanistan in 46/47

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    Actually, there is a lot of WWII RAF documents there, but the search tool is not very friendly. There is much room for improvement. Nonetheless most of the WWII records concern transport and transit flights, and not combat units.
    https://www.facebook.com/Franciszek-Grabowski-241360809684411/

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    Can anyone share some light on

    Upto 21st Feb 1932 - 84 Sqn

    6. FAILURES.

    No spares or work were required on the aeroplanes and the only engine failure, apart from the total failure, was a broken contact-breaker spring. The failure which resulted in the
    in the loss of Wapiti J9852 will be reported on when details come to light.


    Has Air Britain J Serials have anything on this

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    The report was from 84 Sqn

    30 Jan 1932 to 12 Feb 1932 C Flight Muscat

    So if J9852 was on 84 Sqn lost between this date

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    J serials does not have any details on this particular aircraft . Just one single line stating that the aircraft arrived at hinaldi and was being operated by 84 squadron and a ".34 " at the end

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    Jagan Thanks - I have seen a photo of J9852 dated '1934" so a bit of a mystery!

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