MAHARASHTRA STATE

Meher Baba's colourized passport photo taken  29th September 1951
Meher Baba's colourized passport photo taken 29th September 1951

1952

1948 : Santa Cruz Airport, Bombay ( Mumbai), India. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.
1948 : Santa Cruz Airport, Bombay ( Mumbai), India. Image colourized by Anthony Zois.

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SYNOPSIS

 

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, 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 with Baba occasionally as well, 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 Beirut, Lebanon & 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 WESTBOUND ROUTE DAILY TRAVELS  LIST

 

TWA Lockheed Clipper Constellation
TWA Lockheed Clipper Constellation

 

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 ).

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 : Depart Florence, SC.  Arrive Myrtle Beach, Sth. Carolina - Meher Spiritual Center                       at 3pm.

                   Distance : 68 miles or 109 km

MAP 2 : 1952 Map shows the Westbound route of Meher Baba's visit to the West - 1st part
MAP 2 : 1952 Map shows the Westbound route of Meher Baba's visit to the West - 1st part
MAP 2A : 1952 Map showing the Westward route through the Middle East. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
MAP 2A : 1952 Map showing the Westward route through the Middle East. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

 

 

1952  EASTBOUND  ROUTE  BACK TO INDIA

 

 MAP 8 : 1952  Map shows Meher Baba's Eastbound route back to India from the West - 2nd part
MAP 8 : 1952 Map shows Meher Baba's Eastbound route back to India from the West - 2nd part
Vickers "Viscount" twin propellar plane
Vickers "Viscount" twin propellar plane
 1952 : Detailed Eastward plane routes returning from the USA to London, Europe & Middle East, heading to India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois
1952 : Detailed Eastward plane routes returning from the USA to London, Europe & Middle East, heading to India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois

1952 RETURN FLIGHT ROUTE ACROSS THE MIDDLE-EAST

 

1952 Map - Air France flight route from France to Beirut & onto Karachi and India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1952 Map - Air France flight route from France to Beirut & onto Karachi and India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

 

22nd August : Arrive Karachi Airport, Pakistan at 9pm. They stayed the night at the airport.

23rd August :  Depart 12:30pm ( afternoon ) 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. Driven straight to Meherazad, India.

23rd August : Arrive Meherazad 1:30 am.

 

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.
 1952 : Meher Baba's final stops before Bombay. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1952 : Meher Baba's final stops before Bombay. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

BOMBAY - SANTA CRUZ AIRPORT, INDIA

Arrive Bombay Airport at 6:10pm. Driven straight to Meherazad, India.

To read about this visit to the West in 1952 by Meher Baba visit the following web-page -

                                                                     "Events 1952 Visit "

This visit consists of 7 web-pages.

* USA visit - * New York visit - * Myrtle Beach visit - * Prague, Oklahoma visit

* England visit

* European visit

* Overseas visits

1956

In Mid July 1956  Meher Baba and four of his men mandali ( close ones ) departed on a months circumnavigation  of the globe. They departed Bombay ( Mumbai ) by plane landing briefly at Damascus and Beirut Airport then onto Zurich and London. They then flew to New York NY, Richmond V.,Wilmington NC, Myrtle Beach SC, Washington DC., Dallas/Ft. Worth TX, Los Angeles-Meher Mount-Ojai-San Francisco CA., then to Honolulu, (Hawaii Is ), Kanton Is, Suva,( Fiji ), Sydney, Melbourne & Darwin, Australia, then onto Singapore and back to Bombay in mid August.

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1958

 1958 : Map shows the Westward route of Meher Baba's tour to the East Coast of the U.S. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1958 : Map shows the Westward route of Meher Baba's tour to the East Coast of the U.S. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
 1958 : Map shows the Westward route of Meher Baba's tour to the East Coast of the U.S. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1958 : Map shows the Westward route of Meher Baba's tour to the East Coast of the U.S. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1958 : World map shows the routes Meher Baba took from Bombay to Myrtle Beach, then Australia & back to Bombay, India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1958 : World map shows the routes Meher Baba took from Bombay to Myrtle Beach, then Australia & back to Bombay, India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.