1952 : OVERSEAS VISITS
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 WESTBOUND ROUTE DAILY TRAVELS LIST
FLIGHT CARRIER : T W A - Flight 905
18th April : Depart Bombay's ( Santa Cruz Airport ) - Friday 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 ).
21st April : Arrive Florence Railway Station, Sth.Carolina at 11am, depart 1:30am
Distance : 626 miles or 1007 km
21st April : Depart Florence, SC. Arrive Myrtle Beach, Sth. Carolina - Meher Spiritual Center at 3pm.
Distance : 68 miles or 109 km
Meher Baba and his entourage of male & female close followers ( mandali )
started their Western tour when they flew out of Bombay Airport on Friday 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, Oklahoma, Baba'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.
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
: ***Arrive Shannon Airport, Ireland at ~3:30am, depart
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
6th August : Arrive Locarno, Switzerland at 10:30pm
18th August : Depart Locarno at 8am, Arrive Geneva, Switzerland at ?
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.
London to Zurich
Geneva to Paris ( Le Bourget Airport ) - Flight 437
Departed Geneva at 5:40 pm and arrived Paris' Le Bourget Airport at 7 pm. Change over to new plane 4 hours.
This airport was handling all domestic & overseas destinations in Paris.
At some point in 1952, there was a gradual hand-over of overseas traffic to Orly Airport which was 13 kms / 8 miles south of central Paris, whereas, Le Bourget is 10 kms / 6 miles north of central Paris.
It is unknown, in the 4 hours change over between flights, Meher Baba and his women Mandali took taxis to Orly Airport to catch their connecting flight.
Considering Baba's difficulty in trying to walk it would have been preferable to have remained at Le Bourget Airport.
PARIS - LE BOURGET AIRPORT
INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT ROUTE
SCINDIA AIR SERVICES ( later Indian Air Services )
The following shows the order of the Airports visited from Karachi to Bombay.
KARACHI AIRPORT, PAKISTAN
BHUJ AIRPORT, GUJARAT, INDIA
JAMNAGAR AIRPORT, GUJARAT, INDIA
BOMBAY - SANTA CRUZ AIRPORT, INDIA