Bulgaria : Claims following El Al air disaster, July 1955 (FO371-151560).

  • Abingdon, England : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
  • London : Foreign Office, 1960.
1 online resource : colour text file, PDF


  • General Correspondence from 1906-1966 (Great Britain. Foreign Office. Political Departments) ; FO371-151560. [More in this series]
  • Cold War Eastern Europe. [More in this series]
  • FO371: Foreign Office: Political Departments: General Correspondence from 1906-1966 ; FO371-151560
Data source
  • Cold War Eastern Europe, 1947-1982
  • Cold War Eastern Europe, 1953-1960: Module 1
  • History Commons
Summary note
A file of correspondence concerning negotiations for compensation from Bulgaria following the shooting down of an El Al aircraft in 1955. The civilian aircraft had strayed into Bulgarian airspace and was shot down, with the loss of fifty-eight lives. Subjects covered in the file include the decision of the British and American governments not to pursue the case in the International Court of Justice -- the British negotiations on behalf of five claimants -- and an assessment of compensation due. Further correspondence concerns South African and Israeli claims -- and a request that the United Kingdom handle negotiations on behalf of South Africa. The file also covers correspondence from Lucy Hinks, whose son was the pilot on the flight -- and the attempts of another claimant, Mr. A.H. Foxworthy-Windsor, to negotiate separately with the Bulgarian Government.
  • File date: 1960.
  • Date document(s) were released to the public domain: 1990.
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