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Incredible Early WWII AVG Period USAAF 11th Bomb Squadron Flying Dragons Silk Scarf
This is an incredible, Early WWII, large, Chinese made USAAF 11th Bomb Squadron Scarf.
The 11th Bomb Squadron was the only USAAF Squadron to fly any missions with the AVG American Volunteer Group Flying Tigers. As part of the China Air Task Force CATF, they were "unattached" from any Bomb Group from May to September 1942, and during that time flew Bomb missions in China, with the AVG as their Fighter Escort in early July.
Early on in there WWII service, the 11th Bomb Squadron, as an unattached unit in China, had an early, short-lived nickname relating to the AVG: Being Large Bombers, dropping fire on the enemy of China, were nicknamed Flying Dragons, fighting alongside the small fighter aircraft of the Flying Tigers. This is the only period artifact that I have seen with that Squadron Nickname, and therefore is very historically important.
There is not much information out there regarding aviation scarves, especially of the CBI where they seem to have been most prominent. Most were purchased as souvenirs, but there are many period photos of pilots wearing scarves, many with insignia.
VINTAGE: Early WWII.
SIZE: Approximately 45-1/2" in length x 14-1/2" in width.
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Silk and embroidered in silk thread.
MARKINGS: "CHINA - 1942 - 43" "FLYING DRAGONS" "寿 (Longevity, Congratulations, best wishes)
ITEM NOTES: This is from a USAAF collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-RLB-21 LDEIEX03/07/21
CONDITION: 8+ (Excellent):The scarf shows minor to moderate wear, and a few spot of stain, and gorgeous silk embroidered is remain intact. Overall it is in excellent condition.