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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Beauty in Conflict: Korat Air Base, Thailand 06/16/1975

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A right rear view of an F-111 aircraft half silhouetted by sunlight amid dark clouds. Twenty-six F-111 aircraft of the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing are being redeployed from Korat Air Base, Thailand, to the United States due to a reduction in forces.