Monday, November 22, 2010
Anti-American Art: Redirected Flights
It's a little cartoonish to begin with, and poorly printed at that, but this wartime stamp from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam is part of a series marking their military successes against the U.S. and its puppet regime in the south in the period 1966-1967. This particular one marks the 1800th American aircraft shot down by the Vietnamese defenses. The scene of mortarman with the burning wreckage of Air Force and Navy aircraft leads me to believe the illustration is another depiction of the attack on Bienhoa airfield. In any case shooting down American airplanes where they didn't belong was a regular feature of North Vietnamese postage stamps. Seems like the Vietnamese had an effective way of dealing with terrorist aviation.
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