Insignia, "Blood Chit"

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This "Blood Chit" was owned by Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chenault of the Flying Tigers. All members of the American Volunteer Group carried one of these small documents in case they were downed by the Japanese over China. In Chinese, these documents could read anywhere from: "This foreign person has come to China to help in the war effort. Soldiers and civilians, one and all, should rescue and protect him." to "I am an American airman. My plane is destroyed. I cannot speak your language. I am an enemy of the Japanese. Please give me food and take me to the nearest Allied military post. You will be rewarded."

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Donated by Mrs. Anna Chennault

Materials

Silk

Dimensions

2-D - Unframed (H x W): 27.3 x 21cm (10 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

"Blood Chit"; Nationalist Chinese flag on white silk; black Chinese characters.

Type

AWARDS-Insignia

Inventory Number

A19760989000

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