Ext Rare Variation FLYING TIGERS Blood Chit #0548 Issued to Tech Rep Henry Johnson

Ext Rare Variation FLYING TIGERS Blood Chit #0548 Issued to Tech Rep Henry Johnson

Code: afpg20543-CON


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This American Volunteer Group Chinese Air Force Escape Patch is a wonderful example of a lightly carried, Biographical example. It was issued late during the AVG period, around May 1942, to Lockheed Tech Rep Henry Johnson. 

This is a very rare Variation AVG Blood Chit, having the 3 characters around the serial number, but lacking the May Guo stamp or hand-applied characters. It is possible that this was an oversight, or just not seen as important at the late period this was issued, but it is important to point out this very noticeable differentiation. 

The Chit is in nice, lightly used condition, with light soiling and foxing to the obverse of the Chit, and some very light foxing to the reverse of the Chit. 

At some point prior to being obtained by Mr. Baldwin, a previous owner brough the Chit to air shows and had a few AVG members sign the back: 

Dick Rossi, AVG
Joe Poshefko 3rd Sqd
Geo R Bailey  2nd Sqdn             
Charlie Mott 2nd Sqdn AVG
Ed Rector, 2nd Sqd, AVG

This does not detract and adds a little more historical significance to the Chit. 

2 Photographs of Mr. Johnson were acquired at the time this chit was acquired, if they can be located, they will be included with the purchase of the Chit. 

NOTE: Although this was Probably one of the last AVG Blood Chits issued, one cannot use the number as an exact point of reference, as we have the Escape Patch of AVG Pilot Frank Swartz, KIA 4/24/42, in the Flying Tiger Antiques Collection, and it is #0598

This Chit is published on page 8 of BEHIND ENEMY LINES: EVASION AND ESCAPE AIDS OF WORLD WAR II (and the 2 photographs that MAY be included with the Chit are also published on this page).

VINTAGE: World War II.

SIZE: Approximately 10-3/4" in height x 8-1/4" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Silk with silk/cotton thread with linen backing.

ATTACHMENT: To be sewn on.


來華助戰:  Come to China to help
洋人:               Foreigner (American)
軍民一體:   Military-civilian integration
救護:       Rescue,  Help
航空委員会:  Aviation Commission
宇第 0543號:   No. 0543

ITEM NOTES: This is from a WWII Blood Chit collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-REB-20-23 LABIGEX01/02/23

CONDITION: 8 (Excellent): The blood chit shows minor storage wear. Light foxing on front to small areas of the white linen and a few stain on back. Overall, Excellent condition.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.