According to an included letter from John Steinenger of War Relic Appraisers, this canvas section was taken from the fuselage of an 11th Aero Squadron bomber by it's wartime pilot as a memento of war service in France in World War I. The letter notes that WRA originally had a set of documentation confirming the pilot's name, but it had become misplaced after being sold and bought back in the 2000s. The section is about 20 inches square, with an olive drab green base coat. A white "5" dominates much of the space, and in the center inside a red white and blue circle is the unit mascot, "Mr. Jiggs" carrying a bomb under his arm; a fairly famous comic strip character, Mr. Jiggs was created by George McManus, who brought the character with him when he served with the 11th during World War I. The lineage of the unit is preserved by the modern 11th Bomb Squadron, which still uses Mr. Jiggs as their insignia. Provenance: The Putnam Green/Sycamore Collection
Very good, with some cracking of the paint and mild stains. Colors remain sharp, and the Mr. Jiggs logo retains strong detail.
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