MacARTHUR, DOUGLAS. 1880-1964.
World War II silk blood chit, signed ("Douglas MacArthur") and dated "Tokyo 1945," 258 x 199 mm, bearing the flag of Nationalist China, characters printed below with seal of the Nationalist Government's Commission for Aeronautical Affairs (or Air Force Committee) stamped in red, serial number "W 55861" printed at lower left with a small "(2)" printed at lower right.
Blood chits were carried by American pilots serving in the Pacific Theater in World War II as a means of identification and protection in the event they were downed. Translated, the text reads: "This American Air Army personnel has come to China to help in the war effort. Soldiers and civilians, one and all, should rescue, protect, and provide him with medical care." The present example was issued by the War Department in Washington, and bears a serial number in the range issued to members of the 13th Air Force in April of 1945.
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