Armée de l'air en Indochine - latest Icares - the fall of Dien Bien Phu, May 1954
It is quite amazing to think that there is barely ten years between the fall of Dien Bien Phu in May 1954 and French Junkers Ju 52 and Stork/Criquet ops in North Vietnam and the arrival of US F-4s. The French initially were operating Ki-43 Oscar fighters that had been abandoned by the Japanese! Most of them had actually been abandoned in Burma rather than Indochina, and at least one was test-flown in Australia during the war. They only operated in French colours for around two months before the RAF delivered some Spitfires. There were quite a few other ex-Japanese types used as well, including a 'Zero' floatplane that crashed on its first flight!