PHILIP M. CLOW, 2LT, USA
Philip Clow '43
Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: November 19, 1944
From the 1943 Lucky Bag:
Lieutenant Clow a member of the 16th fighter squadron went missing in action over China on November 19th 1944. He was flying in a P-51 mustang type F-51C-10-NT plane number 43-24970. It was reported that he crashed into friendly territory but no trace was ever found.
Of particular note is a personal letter on watermarked Army stationary addressed to his mother Mrs. Charles J. Clow that was signed by Carl Spaatz giving a determination of death and including some personal details about Lieutenant Clow such as “a reputation for ability and sound judgment” and “initiative and proficiency which marked him…”
He has a memory marker in Illinois.
Several of his uniforms, his purple heart, and some correspondence were at one point listed for sale.
It's unclear how Philip's career path took him to the Army Air Forces, or why he was only a 2nd Lieutenant. (He was not directly commissioned into the Army or the AAF.)
There are 74 photographs of the 16th Fighter Squadron in the collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. They do not appear to be available online.
Memorial Hall Error
Philip was a member of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF); Memorial Hall has him as a member of the Army (USA).