Lowe, James Arthur Thompson (Squadron Leader, b.1944 - d.2009)

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Accession Number PR04481
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: .5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter
Place made Vietnam: South Vietnam, Vung Tau
Date made 1970-1971
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Description

Collection relating to the Vietnam War service of O316851 Flight Lieutenant (later Squadron Leader) James Arthur Thompson Lowe, 9 Squadron, RAAF, 1970-1971.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Collection consists of five letters Lowe wrote to his brother Edward, an officer in the British Army’s Royal Engineers, between April 1970 and March 1971 while Lowe was serving with 9 Squadron RAAF flying Iroquois helicopters in Vietnam. The letters delve into considerable detail on Lowe’s work and the operations of the squadron from the RAAF base at Vung Tau. Lowe writes of his and the squadron’s work on army co-operation missions, providing logistics support, troop insertions and extractions, reconnaissance flights, medical evacuations, and aerial fire support. He also describes coming under fire at Dat Do, Long Hai and Xuyen Moc, discusses the heavy casualties suffered by land mines, mentions the operations in Cambodia and the fighting in Laos, and writes of providing support to the destroyer USS Lloyd Thomas after one of its gun turrets blew during shore bombardment operations. Lowe also writes of the fluctuation in operational activity, the drawdown of Australian forces, his period of leave in Penang, Malaysia, of 9 Squadron winning the Duke of Gloucester Cup, and of his plans to visit Edward and their family in Ireland. The collection also includes a photograph of Lowe as a flying officer, taken some time prior to his tour in Vietnam.