Original U.S. WWII Army Air Force Silk Escape Map Chart - Japan 1945
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a vintage, original, never-issued WWII Army Air Force silk Airman's 2-sided color "escape" chart map which is dated 1945. The war in the Pacific still was drawing closer to a nuclear response and Japan’s unconditional surrender.
It is single sided and measures 40 inches high by 34.5 inches wide.
It reads AAF CLOTH CHART - at the top center and titled: NO. C-36, CENTRAL EAST ASIA and shows eastern China, Korea, and Japan with Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The chart was:
for the Aeronautical Chart Service by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
from the best source material available.
Base No. 1
At the time this chart was produced our understanding of the jet stream was rudimentary. High altitude wind currents are shown though not in as much detail as a modern chart/map. Our B-17 and B-25 pilots and crews learned that there were some very strong air currents aloft when their aircraft's times to targets took much longer than anticipated and the return trips went faster. This chart/map reflects the limited knowledge of the time but was a tremendous help to the pilots and crews nonetheless.
This map is in exceptional condition; rich in color and detail and became very important by the summer of 1945 as Fat Man’ and Little Boy became a ever increasing option to end the war in the Pacific.
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