The French use of the Vought Viking did not end in 1940. A number of French pilots escaped to Britain after France's surrender, soon forming the core of the Free French Air Force. The RAF equipped one squadron with the Vikings that were excess to its needs. Having been operated by the French before the Armistice, the Viking was quite popular with the French pilots. It wasn't long before they were assigned missions supporting Allied forces in North Africa. The Free French Vikings gave accurate and effective close support throughout their time in the Middle East. After suffering significant losses throughout 1941-42, GB Lorraine embarked for Britain to be re-equipped.
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