Landing grounds on Arabian coast: Das Island

AIR 23/650 1932 July 1934 Jan.

This file concerns the possible use of Das Island as an emergency landing ground between Bahrain and Sharjah for the Imperial Airways air route to India and beyond. It contains correspondence relating to:

  • RAF reconnaissance of Das and an assessment of its topography, geology, water supplies and suitability as a landing ground
  • The political advantages of building facilities on Das and thus pre-empting Persian [Iranian] claims to the island
  • Aerial photographs of the island