PACIFIC THEATER: A USAAF NAVIGATOR'S DECORATED CARRYING CASE. A leatherette and brown canvas standard issue USAAF Navigators carrying bag, with two zippered pouches and central zip,

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PACIFIC THEATER: A USAAF NAVIGATOR'S DECORATED CARRYING CASE.
A leatherette and brown canvas standard issue USAAF Navigators carrying bag, with two zippered pouches and central zip,

US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£ 1,200 - 1,900

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12 Jun 2018, 13:00 EDT

New York

PACIFIC THEATER: A USAAF NAVIGATOR'S DECORATED CARRYING CASE.
A leatherette and brown canvas standard issue USAAF Navigators carrying bag, with two zippered pouches and central zip, the bag painted with a blue ground, and decorated with a crouching semi-clad lady on one side, and on the other an image of Mount Fuji and lettered USAF, Yokohama and Tokyo with the name "Biagio M. Gapicopto 422260," some light wear, with various stickers on the carrying handle side for the 9th, 10th and 12th Air Forces.

An attractive piece of USAAF trench art in the form of a decorated navigators bag, with both the scantily clad girl but also the area of Japan where they focused on bombing. the various American Air Forces started consistent bombing of Japan in mid 1944, and as they occupied the islands closest to Japan, such as Saipan and Tinian where new runways were constructed to give America potential for round the clock bombing. This particular navigator was obviously on the Yokohama and Tokyo runs, both cities that suffered badly from firebombing tactics. In the case of Yokohama on the 29th May 1945, in a high altitude daytime raid 2,500 tons of bombs were dispensed in just over an hour, destroying 42% of the town and killing over 8,000 civilians. For Tokyo it was the night of 9/10 March 1945, when a huge force of high altitude B-29 bombers dropped a series of napalm and conventional bombs, that is said to have killed over 100,000 civilians and destroyed 16 square miles of the city.
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