Vietnam: The War in the Air
by René J Francillon has the following:
Armee de l'Air:
In Dec 45, pending arrival of their Spitfire Mk.IXs, pilots and ground crews of GC
I/7 'Provence', assisted by Japanese POWs, made valiant efforts to start operations with 12 of the 17 Nakajima Ki-43-II and Ki-43-III fighters which the British had turned over to the French. The worn-out Japanese aircraft, for which spares were virtually unavailable, proved highly temperamental and the type was only used for a few familiarization flights.
A Ki-43-III coded 'A' was ground-looped on 2 Jan 46 and the last 'Oscar' survived only until March 46.
Escadrille 8S, organized in December 1945 at Cat Lai near Saigon, had initially operated ex-Japanese Aichi E13A1 single-engined floatplanes and one, then two, Loire 130s. In addition, unit personnel attempted to put back into service a Nakajima A6M-2N float fighter, but this aircraft crashed almost immediately after being overhauled. As the Aichi floatplanes had only a slightly longer career in French service, 8S was re-equipped during the summer of 1947 with ex-British Supermarine Sea Otters.
The aircraft appendix speaks of eight E13A1a versions.
There are no photographs, only a colour profile of Ki-43-III 'A', and there's no word of a J2M.
Peter [Edited 2011-12-08 03:09:15]
[Edited 2011-12-08 03:11:54]