RAF / SOE blood chit - 17 language, type 1
Silk blood chit, approximately 28 x 41cm. This first version of the 17 language pattern was designed by Major Wilcox and Squadron Leader Vint and was printed in India using red and blue ink on silk. A later version had text in black as this was found easier to read*. Issued for use by British aircrews flying missions over Asia. Printed with the Union flag right across the top plus wording in 17 languages stating the owner to be an allied fighter only wanting to harm the Japanese. Very good condition with only light marking at the edges. Has been folded and is creased and crumpled. Unhemmed/raw edges with some fraying. Displays very well. Rare first pattern. Stock code E20584.
* See Last Hope : The Blood Chit Story by R.E. Baldwin