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Location
Thailand is located in southeast Asia and is comprised of 76 provinces. Prewar and during the Pacific War known as Siam. Officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand. Borders to the north Burma (Myanmar) and Laos, to the east is Laos and Cambodia. To the south is the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia and to the west is the Andaman Sea.

Wartime History
Attacked by Japanese on December 8, 1941. At first Thais resisted, but then surrendered. The The Phibun government allowing the Japanese to use the Gulf of Thailand and the country became a satellite nation of the Japanese, fighting alongside the Japanese. Phibun declared war on the USA and Britain in 1942 but Seni Pramoj, the Thai ambassador in Washington, refuse to deliver the declaration. Phibun resigned in 1944 under pressure from the Thai underground resistance (Thai Seri). After V-J day in 1945, Seni became premier Post war, Japanese planes  were used until 1949.

Northeast Region
Amnat Charoen, Bueng Kan, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Loei, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Yasothon

North Region
Chiang Mai Province  located in northwest Thailand
Chiang Mai  located in northwest Thailand
Chiang Rai Province
Lampang Province
Lamphun Province
Mae Hong Son Province  located at the northwest corner of Thailand
Mae Hong Son  located at the northwest corner of Thailand
Nan Province
Phayao Province
Phrae Province
Uttaradit Province

West Region
Tak Province

Central Region
Bangkok  capital and largest city in Thailand
Sukhothai Province
Phitsanulok Province
Phichit Province
Kamphaeng Phet Province
Phetchabun Province
Nakhon Sawan Province
Uthai Thani Province
Ang Thong Province
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province
Chai Nat Province
Lop Buri Province
Nakhon Pathom Province
Nonthaburi Province
Pathum Thani Province
Samut Prakan Province
Samut Sakhon Province
Samut Songkhram Province
Saraburi Province
Sing Buri Province
Suphan Buri Province
Nakhon Nayok Province

East Region
Chachoengsao Province
Chanthaburi Province
Chon Buri Province
Prachin Buri Province
Rayong Province
Sa Kaeo Province
Trat Province

West Region
Kanchanaburi Province  located in western Thailand includes the Bridge over the River Kwai (Death Railway)
Ratchaburi Province
Phetchaburi Province
Prachuap Khiri Khan Province

South Region
Chumphon Province
Nakhon Si Thammarat Province
Narathiwat Province
Pattani Province  located at the southern end of Thailand
Patani (Pattani)  located at the southern end of Thailand, Japanese landings December 8, 1941
Phatthalung Province
Songkhla Province located in southern Thailand
Singora (Songkhla)  located in southern Thailand, Japanese landings December 8, 1941
Surat Thani Province
Yala Province
Krabi Province
Phang Nga Province
Phuket Province
Ranong Province
Satun Province
Trang Province

P-38 wreck found in North Thailand
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NKAEW, September 2004
The wreck of a US combat aircraft, believed to be from World War II period, has been found near the Burmese border in Wiang Haeng district. The wreckage is believed a P-38, a twin-engine twin-boom fighter-reconnaissance plane, also known as a Lightning. The discovery was revealed by Anuchat Palakawongse na Ayudhaya, of the Environmental Division of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, who recently went to Ban Huay Khrai near the border to do artifact research. Mr Anuchat said a Thai of Shan origin identified only as Long, 73, had led him to the wreck. Mr Long said he and other villagers had seen the plane crash, but could not recall exactly how many years back. They heard a loud explosion about 2km west of the village and saw black smoke billowing in the air. ``We ran to the scene and saw the plane in flames. A man had died in the plane,'' Mr Anuchat quoted Mr Long as saying. At the time, Japanese soldiers had a base on the bank of Mae Taeng river near the village. Mr Anuchat reported the discovery to the air force. A team led by Group Captain Sakpinit Promthep of the air force museum went to the scene recently and identified the plane as a P-38. He said it was fitted with four machine guns and was believed to have been brought down during a reconnaissance mission. At the time, the US had an air base in Yunnan, China, and another inside Burma. He said a US team was planning to go to the crash site.

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Last Updated
June 15, 2019

 

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