After the 1940 Armistice, most of the surviving French aircraft were incorporated into the Vichy French Air Force. The Vikings of GB I/19 and GB II/19 were transferred to Algeria, where--due to attrition and a lack of spares--GB I/19 was disbanded. Its remaining equipment and personnel were incorporated into GB II/19 which was then renamed...GB I/19 the next year, maintaining its original traditions. It would remain in Algeria throughout 1941 and 1942, finally standing down on 10 November when Admiral Darlan signed a ceasefire with the Allies following Operation Torch. This would not be the end of GB I/19 or its Vikings, both continuing to serve in the training role as the French prepared to liberate their homeland from Nazi occupation. The profile depicts one of GB I/19's aircraft in mid-1942 in Algeria, before the Allied invasion of North Africa. It shows an aircraft with the full extent of Vichy markings and before the French roundel was deleted from aircraft sides later in 1942.
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