1952 : OVERSEAS  VISITS

 

1952 : Meher Baba at the Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. Image edited by Anthony Zois.
1952 : Meher Baba at the Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. Image edited by Anthony Zois.

This webpage explores all the destinations that Meher Baba and his close ones ( mandali ) visited both briefly & extensively to the West between 18th May and 23rd August 1952. A total of 127 days, mostly spent in the USA.

This was the first tour of the West since 1937 some 15 years earlier.

 

This webpage is divided into 2 parts  1) Westward route to the West  2) Eastward route back to India. There are maps that illustrate the routes in both directions. By clicking on the maps you can enlarge them to show the details more clearly.

 

The other 5, 1952 webpages on the index to the left, cover different aspects of this tour more extensively. There are many other webpages attached to these, such as the various aeroplanes, trains, road trips, destinations and the many people with whom Meher Baba met throughout this visit. These webpages are indicated by the under-scored names and by clicking them you are taken to the relevant page.

1952  WESTWARD  ROUTE TO THE WEST

 

1952 Map shows the Westward route of Meher Baba's visit to the West
1952 Map shows the Westward route of Meher Baba's visit to the West

1952 WESTBOUND ROUTE DAILY TRAVELS  LIST

 

FLIGHT CARRIER :  T W A  - Flight 905

 

18th April :  Depart Bombay's ( Santa Cruz Airport ) - 11pm

19th April :  Arrive Dhahran airfield, Saudi Arabia  at 4am,   depart 4:45am

                    Arrive Cairo ( King Farouk the First Airport ), Egypt at 8am,   depart 9am

                    Arrive Rome ( Ciampino Airport ), Italy at 2:30pm,  depart  3:30pm

                    Arrive Paris ( Orly Airport ), France at 6:45pm,  depart 8pm

                    Arrive Shannon Airport, Ireland airport at 9:30pm,   depart  ~10:30pm

20th April : Arrive Gander Airport, Newfoundland, Canada at 4:30am,  depart ~5:30pm

                    Arrive New York's ( Idlewild Airport ) at 10:30am, depart midnight train ( 12am ).

BY TRAIN

21st April : Arrive Florence Railway Station, Sth.Carolina at 11am, depart 1:30am

                    Distance : 626 miles or 1007 km

BY CARS

21st April : Arrive Myrtle Beach - Meher Spiritual Center at 3pm

                   Distance : 68 miles or 109 km

SYNOPSIS

 

Meher Baba and his entourage of male & female close followers ( mandali ) started their Western tour when they flew out of Bombay Airport on 18th April 1952 flying with TWA.

Their destination was New York, USA, arriving on the 20th April at Idlewild Airport.

 

They then left by train to Florence, South Carolina at midnight, the same day. They arrived at Florence, SC., the next day at 11am ( 21st ), they were then driven to the Meher Spiritual Center at Myrtle Beach, SC, arriving at 3pm.

 

After a months stay on the Center, Baba and his ones drove off in 2 cars for the West Coast. A few days later on the 24th May, at Prague, OklahomaBaba's car was involved in an serious accident with another motor vehicle.

Meher Baba suffered fractures and other serious injuries along with some of his car's occupants.

 

Following his treatment at the local hospital, he was transported along with the group back to Myrtle Beach to recover and seek expert treatment from nearby medical institutions. During this period he and the female mandali stay at Elizabeth Paterson's home - Youpon Dunes, staying for 5 weeks.

Baba and his entourage of 15 travelled by train back from Florence, SC., to New York City, staying in Scarsdale, NY till the near end of July.

 

Baba and his women mandali and a couple of others flew from New York's Idlewild Airport on the 30th July via Gander, Canada to London, England, arriving the 31st.

 

They strayed a week, before flying to Zurich, Switzerland on the 6th August. Their destination was to Locarno, where Walter & Hedi Mertens lived. Here Baba was to continue his recuperation and his medical treatment. The women mandali explored the majestic country surroundings nearby, until the 21st August.

 

Meher Baba and his mandali left Geneva, Switzerland on the 21st. Their plane flew to Paris & Marseilles, France before flying to Karachi, Pakistan and onto Bombay, India on the 23rd August. Baba reached Meherazad early in the morning of the following day.

 

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1952 Map shows the Westbound route of Meher Baba's visit to the West - 1st part
1952 Map shows the Westbound route of Meher Baba's visit to the West - 1st part
1952 Map shows the Westbound route of Meher Baba's visit to the West - 2nd part
1952 Map shows the Westbound route of Meher Baba's visit to the West - 2nd part

 

1952  EASTBOUND  ROUTE  BACK TO INDIA

 

 

 

1952  EASTWARD  ROUTE  DAILY TRAVELS  LIST

 

FLIGHT CARRIER :  PAN AM  - Flight 50

 

30th July :      Depart New York's ( Idlewild Airport ) USA at ~3pm

                        Arrive Gander Airport, Canada at ~8pm,  depart 8:45pm

31st July : ***Arrive Shannon Airport, Ireland at ~3:30am,   depart ~5am

                        Arrive London Airport ( later Heathrow ), England at 10am.

 

6th August :   Depart London at 11:30am by Swissair Flight 111

                        Arrive Zurich Airport, Switzerland at 2pm

BY CARS

6th August :   Arrive Locarno, Switzerland at 10:30pm

 

18th August :  Depart Locarno at 8am,   Arrive Geneva, Switzerland at ?

 

BY PLANE

21st August :  Depart Geneva, Switzerland at 5:40pm by Air France, Flight 437

                        Arrive Paris, France 7pm - Change planes to Air France Flight 180, depart 11pm

22nd August : Arrive Marseilles, France at 1am,  depart  2am

                        Arrive Beirut Airport, Lebanon at 9am,  depart 11am

23rd August : Arrive Karachi Airport, Pakistan at 9pm, depart 12:30pm

                                    by Scindia Air Services No.3

                        Arrive Bhuj, India at 2:30pm, depart 3pm

                        Arrive Jamnagar, India at 3:40pm,  depart 4pm

                        Arrive Bombay Airport at 6:10pm

 

 *** The landing at Shannon Airport is mentioned in a 1952 Pan Am flight schedule brochure, but is not mentioned on the Lord Meher on-line site.

 

1952  Map shows Meher Baba's Eastbound route back to India from the West - 1st part
1952 Map shows Meher Baba's Eastbound route back to India from the West - 1st part
1952 : Detail of the Eastbound route to India via England & Europe. Map graphics by Anthony Zois
1952 : Detail of the Eastbound route to India via England & Europe. Map graphics by Anthony Zois
 1952  Map shows Meher Baba's Eastbound route back to India from the West - 2nd part
1952 Map shows Meher Baba's Eastbound route back to India from the West - 2nd part
Mid-April 1952 : Meher Baba recouperating at the Merten's home in Locarno, Switzerland
Mid-April 1952 : Meher Baba recouperating at the Merten's home in Locarno, Switzerland

INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT ROUTE

1952 : The last flight route of Meher Baba's  visit to the West.
1952 : The last flight route of Meher Baba's visit to the West.

SCINDIA AIR SERVICES ( later Indian Air Services )

Douglas C-47 Skytrain Dakota. This plane is only an example of the plane type.
Douglas C-47 Skytrain Dakota. This plane is only an example of the plane type.

The following shows the order of the Airports visited from Karachi to Bombay.

 

KARACHI AIRPORT, PAKISTAN

 Karachi Airport 1950's
Karachi Airport 1950's
Karachi Airport interior in 1950's
Karachi Airport interior in 1950's
1952 : Last flight of the tour ; Karachi, Pakistan to Bombay, India
1952 : Last flight of the tour ; Karachi, Pakistan to Bombay, India

BHUJ AIRPORT, GUJARAT, INDIA

Bhuj Airport Terminal Building
Bhuj Airport Terminal Building

JAMNAGAR AIRPORT, GUJARAT, INDIA

Saifee Tower, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
Saifee Tower, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

BOMBAY - SANTA CRUZ AIRPORT, INDIA