Air War over French Indochina

January 2014- Another note from the author...

A new review for 2014! - see the what's new page for details.

This page was created by William Alcott. Please email me at will_alcott(at) with your comments, corrections, additions or questions.


What's New!   Decals   French Spitfires in Indochina
Introduction   Japanese Aircraft used by the French   Credits
References   Other Air Forces in Indochina   About the Author
Modelling the Aircraft of the Indochina War   Links to other useful sites


The air war over French Indochina represents a very unique and interesting period of modern history. It was a war fought with obsolete weapons, against an enemy without a single aircraft, a situation virtually unique in modern times. At the same time it was a war that paralleled the long struggle that was to follow in many respects.

What attracted me to the study of the war in French Indochina was the extraordinary variety of aircraft that served in the conflict. From seized Japanese Oscars, Jakes and a Rufe, through French-built Ju-52's acting as bombers, Spitfires, Mosquitos, Kingcobras and Hellcats on through to Bearcats, the French war effort in the air was truly diverse. As a modeller, the unique subject matter and the variety of aircraft types and colour schemes proved irresistible.

This page is intended as a resource for both modellers and aircraft enthusiasts interested in the air war over French Indochina. This is not a forum for political discussion, nor does my choice of subject matter in any way reflect an endorsement of the politics behind the war. So if you're curious about this relatively little known war, or if you're an expert looking to share your expertise, read on.

I welcome any and all comments regarding this site. As well, I would greatly appreciate any contributions or suggestions for improvement. Please feel free to email me at will_alcott(at) I greatly appreciate the co-operation of Brian MacNamara and the IPMS Buzz Beurling web page for providing me with a site to display photographs of my work.

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This page would not have been possible without the contribution from many people. The list includes James Walker, Cyril Defever, Nowfel Leulliot, David Morphew and Laurent Jeannot. I am greatly endebted to them for their assistance.

About the Author

Hello, my name is William Alcott. I am currently employed as Sales Manager at Dassault Systemes Simulia. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As you may have guessed, my interests include aviation history and scale modelling. I build mostly 1:72 scale aircraft of the Vietnam wars, though I have been known to build the odd bit of armour. Please email me at will_alcott(at) with any and all comments regarding this site. Thank you for your patronage.

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This page was created January 14, 1998.

This page was last updated January 16, 2014.