Original U.S. WWII Army Air Force Silk Escape Map Chart - Japan and South China Seas - Dated May 1945

Item Description

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 double sided and measures 30 inches high by 34 inches wide.

It reads AAF CLOTH CHART - at the top center and titled: NO. C-52 JAPAN AND SOUTH CHINA SEAS and shows eastern China, Korea, and Japan with Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The chart was:

Prepared at the direction of the Commanding General, Army Air Forces,

for the Aeronautical Chart Service by the Lake Survey Branch.

MARCH, 1945

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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