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