Borders to the north by Burma (Myanmar) and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea.
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
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.
wreck found in North Thailand
SUBIN KHUENKAEW, 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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May 22, 2017