WWII CNAC Card, Passport and Permit to Enter China of Supply Chief G.W. Van Cleve

WWII CNAC Card, Passport and Permit to Enter China of Supply Chief G.W. Van Cleve

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ARTIFACT: This is a World War II Chinese National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) passport, card, permit to enter China and leather passport wallet of Supply Chief G.W. (George Wilson) Van Cleve. CNAC was an airline co-owned equally by Pan Am Airlines and the Chinese government that ran many missions for the The Chinese Air Force's American Volunteer Group (AKA The Flying Tigers) during the war. Many AVG members became CNAC employees after the AVG disbanded. Nicknamed "Pappy", Van Cleve worked as Chief of the Supply Division from 1944 until 1947, when he returned to his home in California. In 1982 he was awarded the China War Memorial Medal (or K'ang Chan-Nien Chang), a medal bestowed upon CNAC employees, AVG members and members of the 14th Air Force who served under General Claire Chennault alike. Van Cleve passed away in 1998. The passport documents Van Cleve's wartime and post-war travels, which included time in India.

VINTAGE: Circa World War II.

SIZE: Passport: approximately 3-3/4" in width and 6" in height (when closed); wallet: 4" x 6" (when folded).

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Cloth, paper, clear celluloid, leather.

ATTACHMENT: Passport: stitched binding; straps/loops on wallet.

MARKINGS: No. 749306 and "American Consulate General, Shanghai, China. AUG 1 1947" stamp (on passport); 7528 on permit; 721 on wallet.

ITEM NOTES: This is from a WWII Chinese National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) collection that we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-RLB-VAJJX11/93 LEFEX3/14 SEFEX12/14

CONDITION: 7 (Very Fine): The passport shows some light to medium wear/aging; leather wallet is supple with some medium wear and spots of discoloration.

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