Blood chits were used by U.S. aviators as a way of communicating with non-English-speaking people. Made of leather, cotton, silk, or rayon, they served as a safe-conduct pass for a downed aviator in need of help from local people. This blood chit is printed with the U.S. flag and five languages. The fabric is stitched to a cotton backing fabric.
The donor was a radio operator assigned to the 1st Combat Cargo Squadron in WWII. He flew on C-47s in the China-Burma-India Theater from 1944 to 1945.
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Every artifact in the Air Mobility Command Museum, including this one, is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. We are not able to loan artifacts in the museum's collection.