World War II related archive pertaining to John B. Rogers of the Flying Tigers American Volunteer Group (AVG), including one (1) Transitional "Blood Chit" or back flag. 1st item: Flying Tigers American Volunteer Group (AVG) Transitional "Blood Chit" or back flag, numbered 3169. Comprised of a silk top layer with printed China Republic National flag at the top and Chinese characters below with a message roughly translating to "This foreign person has come to China to help in the war effort. Soldiers and civilians, one and all, should rescue, protect, and provide him with medical care," numbered lower left, sewn to a linen backing. Hinge mounted to a piece of cardstock. Includes two publications about the flag. Flag – 10 3/8" H x 8 1/8" W. Cardstock – 12 1/8" H x 9 1/8" W. Note: A blood chit is a notice carried by military personnel and addressed to any civilians who may come across an armed-services member in difficulties–such as a pilot who has been shot down. As well as identifying the force to which the bearer belongs as friendly, the notice displays a message requesting that the service member be rendered every assistance. The flag of the issuing government is usually at the top, followed by a message in one or more local languages. The first ever use of Blood Chits by American flyers was in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II. They were used by the 14th Volunteer Bomb Group and by the Flying Tigers of the American Volunteer Group (AVG) operating in China. 2nd-17th items: Sixteen (16) military ephemera items, including one (1) Asiatic Campaign ribbon badge medal, one (1) Chinese Victory ribbon badge medal, one (1) American Defense ribbon badge medal, two (2) European African Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon badge medals, one (1) American Campaign ribbon badge medal, one (1) World War II ribbon badge medal, three (3) brass coat buttons with the Great Seal of the United States, one (1) Ontario Regiment badge, one (1) Rifle pin, three (3) patches, including one (1) Camp Haan Officer's Club 1945, and one (1) metal piece with associated red, white, and blue ribbon. Ranging in size from 7/8" dia to 4 1/2" L. 18th-23rd items: Six (6) paper ephemera items, including two (2) Gloria Swanson inscribed photographs to John (Jack) and his wife Mildred, both dated 1945, one (1) ALS from W.E.D. Stokes, Jr., Lenox, MA, dated March 10, 1984, one (1) inscribed drink coaster from Lt. Colonel John F. Graham, Morristown, NY, dated November 3, 1987, and two (2) Gloria Swanson obituary articles from The Berkshire Eagle, dated April 5, 1983, and the Times, dated April 18, 1983. Ranging in size from 4 1/8" dia. to 10 5/8" H. 24th-27th items: Four (4) European currency notes, including two (2) Austrian 10,000 Zehntausend Kronen banknotes, dated November 2, 1918, one (1) German 20,000 Reichsbanknote, dated September 20, 1923, and one (1) German 100 Reichsbanknote, dated April 17, 1903. Ranging in size from 3 3/4" H x 6 1/4" W to 5 1/4" H x 7 3/4" W. CONDITION: All items in overall good condition with wear, toning, light tarnish, to be expected from age. 1st item: Surface stains, largest 2 1/2" x 2 3/4". Few loose threads. 2nd-17th items: Camp Haan patch with 1/2" hole. Metal piece with areas of paint loss, fading and fraying to ribbon. 24th-27th items: 20,000 note with tears, areas of loss to edges.
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