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Auction 88, Lot 300

"Pair of WWII Airforce cloth charts", U.S. Government

Subject: Japan and East China Sea

Period: 1944-45 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

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Two fine charts, printed on synthetic silk cloth. These extremely detailed aeronautical charts were issued to pilots during WWII to be worn as neck kerchiefs under their flight suits. They were a part of the survival gear issued to help pilots in the event they were shot down. First ( 36 x 28") includes No. C-52 Japan and South China Sea covering Northern Japan and the eastern coast of Asia from Sakhalin to Thailand. On the other side is No. C-53 East China Sea covering the region from Korea and northeastern China, and southern Japan to northern Philippines (including Manila) to Guam. The second chart ( 21 x 18") Eastern Asia - Otomari covers the southern part of Sakhalin Island and northern Hokkaaido. Other side is Eastern Asia - Vladimiro-Aleksandrovskoye, covering a bit of the Russian coastline and the Sea of Japan. A fine pair of maps in mint condition.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $100 - $120

Sold for: $130

Closed on 10/2/1999