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Recap of the July 2019 Meeting. Presentation of the book author Gold Stars Over The Red River

Last night's IPMS Hamilton club meeting was nothing short of captivating, thanks to an outstanding presentation by Kirk R. Lowry. Kirk took us on a journey through his book, "Gold Stars Over the Red River," shedding light on a lesser-known chapter of history that deserves our attention and admiration.

The Menace Above the Red River:

August 5, 1964, marked a significant turning point in the conflict over the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. American aircraft initiated their attacks on targets north of this zone, encountering fierce resistance from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The backbone of this resistance was a formidable and evolving defense system, which included the Fighter Regiments of the Vietnam People's Air Force.

The Mighty MiGs:

Vietnamese pilots, flying legendary MiG aircraft such as the 17, the 19, and most notably, the 21, achieved remarkable success in defending their homeland. They claimed the destruction of numerous American aircraft, making them a formidable force in the skies. However, this success came at a steep price, with many aircraft and brave pilots lost in battles against attackers, primarily the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.

Unveiling the Untold Story:

"Gold Stars Over The Red River" goes beyond the battles in the skies; it delves into the formation, equipping, and training of the four Fighter Regiments of the Vietnam People's Air Force. Kirk Lowry also honors the pilots who achieved at least five victories, providing details of their claims alongside corresponding losses by American air forces. The book doesn't stop there; it sheds light on Group Z, a group of volunteers from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea who played a crucial role in this conflict.

Rare Glimpses and Rich History:

Accompanied by approximately 50 rarely seen photographs of aircraft and pilots, "Gold Stars Over The Red River" is a treasure trove of information about an air force that deserves recognition and the courageous airmen who have remained relatively unknown.

Kirk R. Lowry's presentation and his book, "Gold Stars Over The Red River," are a testament to the valor and determination of those who fought in the skies during the tumultuous era of the Vietnam War. It's an opportunity to gain insight into the history of these Fighter Regiments and the airmen who took to the skies to protect their homeland.

This book is a must-read for history enthusiasts and aviation buffs alike. It serves as a powerful reminder of the unsung heroes who flew above the Red River, defending their land and making history in the process.

We extend our gratitude to Kirk R. Lowry for sharing this remarkable story with us, and we encourage all those interested to explore "Gold Stars Over The Red River" and discover the rich history it unveils.

Warm Regards,

IPMS Hamilton Webmaster

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