Top it off, check the oil and clean the windshield please

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54th Chutai Ki-36, probably Manchuria 1941

And a good excuse to post another from Shigeo Koike…

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Thunderbolt Thursday

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RAF P-47 Thunderbolt MkIIs

I don’t know if this is a wartime picture or postwar.  They appear to have non-SEAC roundels and fin flash (for those that don’t know, South East Asia Command did away with the standard red in the national markings to avoid being mistaken for the Hinomaru of Japan)  but from what I’ve read, other than an Operational Training Unit in Egypt very few Jugs were used by the RAF outside of the PTO.  And the ones used in the PTO were primarily used in Burma.

WWII Japanese aircraft in postwar French service

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France’s chaotic return to it’s Indochina colony after the end of WWII in 1945 saw the surprising use of some former Japanese warplanes, as the Indochina conflict against the communist Viet Minh began.

oscarIndochina(French air force Ki-43 “Oscar” fighter.)

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(French navy E13A1 “Jake” seaplane.)

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