WWII Japanese Pilots Bail-Out Survival “Float Flag”



This is a rare World War II Japanese pilot’s bail-out survival meatball float flag. The pilots flotation flag is made of silk, with kapok sewn in the outside edge to allow it to swell and float in the water. This allowed Japanese planes to identify downed pilots in the ocean for rescue due to the large Hi No Maru (日の丸) “circle of the sun” the flag displays. The flag is in very good condition made of the usual silk/rayon cloth, with the red “sun” dyed in the middle. These have become increasingly difficult to find, this flag measures approximately 39” by 31”. This example is in very good condition, with light wear and age toning but no holes or repairs.