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WWII Japanese Pilot's Flotation Rescue Flag
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A silk national flag with a four sided border that was hemmed to incorporate buoyant material along all sides of the flag. These flags were carried by Japanese pilots and, if they were forced to bail out of their planes over water, the flag could be deployed on the sea to mark their position for rescue. There are string ties at two reinforced corners so that the flag could also be used to mark the downed pilot's position on land. Approximately 31 by 39 inches in size. The flag has some faint spots, and one extremely tiny "V" shaped snag in the red sun area, smaller than the eraser on a pencil. Overall very good condition.