Fly­ing Tigers ‘blood chit’ draws at­ten­tion, visi­tors to ex­hi­bi­tion on WWII

The China Post - - LOCAL -

An iden­ti­fi­ca­tion or res­cue flag, also known as a "blood chit" shown at an ex­hi­bi­tion in mem­ory of the Re­pub­lic of China's vic­tory in the war against Ja­panese ag­gres­sion 70 years ago at­tracted the at­ten­tion of many visi­tors want­ing to learn more about al­lied sup­port in the war through the ex­hi­bi­tion that opened Satur­day.

Jointly spon­sored by Academia His­tor­ica, the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, the ex­hi­bi­tion at the Armed Forces Mu­seum fea­tures doc­u­ments and photos re­lat­ing to the 1937-1945 con­flict.

A sec­tion of the ex­hi­bi­tion, which will run through Nov. 28, is ded­i­cated to the Amer­i­can Vol­un­teer Group (AVG), which op­er­ated in China dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. Among the items on dis­play is a blood chit bear­ing an R.O.C. na­tional flag and in­scrip­tions in Chi­nese.

The blood chit, with the in­scrip­tion: "This for­eign per­son has come to China to help in the war ef­fort. Sol­diers and civil­ians, one and all, should res­cue and pro­tect him," be­longed to Delee Boyd Crum, who joined the AVG and pi­loted C-47 trans­port planes in nu­mer­ous "Hump" mis­sions, fly­ing a dan­ger­ous sup­ply route over the Hi­malaya from In­dia to China.

The blood chit is­sued by the R.O.C.'s Air Force Com­mi­sion to AVG pilots serv­ing in the Chi­naBurma-In­dia Theater was brought back to the U.S. by Crum af­ter the war and was well pre­served even af­ter Crum died in 2005.

Through a Tai­wanese friend, Crum's son con­tacted the Armed Forces Mu­seum and ex­pressed the wish that the blood chit could be pre­served and dis­played in the mu­seum so that more peo­ple can learn about the story and re­lated wartime history.

The R.O.C.'s Air Force Com­mi­sion pro­duced 10,000 blood chits for the Fly­ing Tigers, a U.S. out­fit un­der the com­mand of Claire Chen­nault and mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Vol­un­teer Group.

Crum's blood chit bears spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance be­cause it rep­re­sents the friend­ship and sup­port of the United States dur­ing the war against the Ja­panese, ac­cord­ing to an Academia His­tor­ica source.

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