I honestly don't know where to ask this question, so here goes.

My grandfather served on the Communist side during the Vietnam War. He shot down an F-104 (or an F-4) and removed a piece of flight instrument from its wreckage.

I would like to return this instrument to the USAF/US government, but I don't know how.

How should I proceed?

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    You might get a decent answer on the Law SE site, or at least get some idea about the relevant laws/procedure (if any) for this sort of thing. – Giter Dec 6 '18 at 18:10
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    This is a nice sentiment from your part, but given that the item does not seem to be of particular artistic/historical(it is not "one of a kind") or sentimental(it is not a heirloom from a soldier) value, I doubt that there is actually a lot of interest in having it returned. You could just inquiry the USA embassy about it; as it was a part of government owned equipment. And perhaps in law.stackexchange.com they can tell you if USA laws give any indication of what to do. – SJuan76 Dec 6 '18 at 18:12
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    There are likely some Vietnam war museums and/or air museums that would be interested in it, along with an expanded version of the story behind it. – T.E.D. Dec 6 '18 at 19:02
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    Presumably this would be a matter for Vietnamese law, assuming that this event happened in Vietnam. For the US view, I think this counts as All enemy public movable property captured or found on a battlefield becomes the property of the capturing State as a flight instrument is pretty obviously not a personal possession of the pilot but rather is "enemy public property". – Gort the Robot Dec 7 '18 at 4:42

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