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Blood Chit

1942

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

“Blood chit” is the popular name for a notice identifying an American serviceman and asking for help. Pilots and other aircrew members carry blood chits as part of their survival gear. The languages on each blood chit reflect the languages spoken in the areas where the crew is operating.

This artifact was issued in the Pacific War during World War II. It states: “I am an American aviator. My airplane is destroyed. I cannot speak your language. I am an enemy of the Japanese. Have the kindness to protect me, to take care of me and to take me to the nearest Allied military office. The government of my country will reward you.”

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Details

  • Title: Blood Chit
  • Date Created: 1942
  • Historic Owner: Samuel B. Folsom
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Gift of Lt. Col. Sam Folsom, USMC. 2009.02.13
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