An unusual United States 12th Air Force silk banner featuring a variety of fighter and bomber planes, insignia and names of aircraft well known to that unit including Nightmare, Spare Parts, Ridge Runner, Jig Jig, Culpepper Jinx, Thumper, Ace of Pearls, Lady from Hades, Pistol packing mamma and more. Folds present throughout but the material is in pretty good shape.
Japanese Aichi D3A VAL Bomber Meatball Flag 945th AAA
A Japanese meatball flag with hand written provenance. The flag is signed in Kanji throughout and also signed “945th AAA (AW) BN”. It comes with a framed signed letter dated 7, Jan, 1976 that states the following:
“Going back in my old diary I found that on June 5 1945, The Meatball was taken off a Jap VAL, Navy Dive Bomber which was the Jap version of the German Stuka, the place was Tacloban in the So. Philippines”
I cannot make out the last name but it's signed by “Bill ____”. There is a blind stamp visible on the paper that says “Army and Navy Staff College Washington D.C.”