LOWRY AFB The History

Lt. Francis Brown Lowry 

Original Publication:  04/19/2017  08:57
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First   Lieutenant   Francis   Brown   Lowry,   USA,   for   whom   Lowry   Air   Force   Base   was   named, was   Colorado's   only   aerial   observer   killed   during   World   War   1.   He   was   born   in   Denver, Colorado, on 1 December 1895, son of Nell and Walter B. Lowry. Lieutenant   Lowry   graduated   from   Manual   High   School,   Denver,   Colorado,   in   the   year 1913.   He   entered   Ann   Arbor   University   the   fall   of   that   year   and   pursued   an   engineering course.   He   received   his   degree   in   1917.      Lieutenant   Lowry   attended   Officers'   Training School   at   Fort   Ridge,   Monroe,   Virginia,   and   graduated   as   a   Photographic Aerial   Observer in   the   grade   of   second   lieutenant.   He   was   then   assigned   to   duty   at   Fort   Ridge,   Monroe, Virginia. On   15   September   1917,   Lieutenant   Lowry   was   granted   his   request   for   foreign   duty   and sailed   from   New   York   for   an   overseas   assignment.      He   spent   a   few   days   in   England   and then   sailed   for   France   where   he   was   assigned   to   a   French   Squadron.   He   served   with   this squadron   for   two   months.   He   was   reassigned   to   the   9lst   Aero   Squadron   CAC,   as   an Artillery   and   Photographic   Observer.   He   took   his   first   aerial   observation   flight   of   heavy   artillery   on   13   June   1918. Following this flight, he completed twenty-two successful missions over the German battle line. At   10:30   in   the   morning   on   26   September   1918,   Lieutenant   Lowry   and   Lt.   Asher   Kelty   took   off   on   an   important observation   mission   leading   a   formation   of   five   planes   over   German   battle   lines   during   the   Meuse-Argonne   Offensive.     The   weather   was   bad   and   visibility   was   poor.      The   citation   from   general   orders   reads   as   follows:   "They   realized   the importance   of   the   mission   and   chose   to   continue   their   course   through   a   harassing   anti-aircraft   barrage. A   shell   made a   direct   hit   on   the   plane   which   brought   it   down   in   fragments."   The   shell   had   exploded   directly   underneath   Lowry’s aircraft breaking it into pieces. It fell to the ground near Crepion, France. Both men were killed instantly.  General   Pershing   posthumously   awarded   Lieutenants   Lowry   and   Kelty   the   Distinguished   Service   Cross,      and   promoted them to the rank of first lieutenant. While   Lowry   died   in   France   and   was   originally   buried   in   the Argonne   Cemetery   at   Romagne,   France,   he   was   moved   to Fairmount cemetery, Denver, CO in 1921.
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1.   Lieutenant   Lowry   attended   Officers'   Training   School   at   Fort   Ridge,   Monroe,   Virginia,   and graduated   as   a   Photographic   Aerial   Observer   in   the   grade   of   2nd   Lieutenant.   He   was   then assigned to duty at Fort Ridge, Monroe, Virginia.
2.   Lowry   arrived   in   France,   February   1918,   and   received   further   training   as   an   aerial artillery   and   photographic   observer   with   a   French   squadron.   On   May   26   he   was   assigned   to the   91st   Aero   squadron   and   performed   his   duties   in   a   Salmson   2A2   aircraft.   The   observer used the back seat and was armed with either a camera or a Lewis gun.
3. 15 September 1921; Lt. Lowry’s funeral procession near Civic Center, Denver, CO.
4. 15 September 1921; Lt. Lowry’s funeral procession near Civic Center, Denver, CO.
5. 15 September 1921; Lt. Lowry’s funeral Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.
6. Lt. Lowry’s grave site at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.
7. Lt. Lowry’s grave site at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.
8. Lt. Lowry’s grave site at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.
9. Lt. Lowry’s grave site at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.
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Lowry AFB The History

Lt. Francis Brown Lowry

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First     Lieutenant     Francis     Brown Lowry,    USA,    for    whom    Lowry    Air Force      Base      was      named,      was Colorado's     only     aerial     observer killed   during   World   War   1.   He   was born    in    Denver,    Colorado,    on    1 December    1895,    son    of    Nell    and Walter B. Lowry. Lieutenant    Lowry    graduated    from Manual      High      School,      Denver, Colorado,    in    the    year    1913.    He entered   Ann   Arbor    University    the fall    of    that    year    and    pursued    an engineering   course.   He   received   his degree   in   1917.      Lieutenant   Lowry   attended   Officers'   Training   School at   Fort   Ridge,   Monroe,   Virginia,   and   graduated   as   a   Photographic Aerial    Observer    in    the    grade    of    second    lieutenant.    He    was    then assigned to duty at Fort Ridge, Monroe, Virginia. On   15   September   1917,   Lieutenant   Lowry   was   granted   his   request   for foreign   duty   and   sailed   from   New   York   for   an   overseas   assignment.     He   spent   a   few   days   in   England   and   then   sailed   for   France   where   he was   assigned   to   a   French   Squadron.   He   served   with   this   squadron   for two   months.   He   was   reassigned   to   the   9lst   Aero   Squadron   CAC,   as   an Artillery     and     Photographic     Observer.     He     took     his     first     aerial observation   flight   of   heavy   artillery   on   13   June   1918.   Following   this flight,   he   completed   twenty-two   successful   missions   over   the   German battle line. At   10:30   in   the   morning   on   26   September   1918,   Lieutenant   Lowry   and Lt. Asher   Kelty   took   off   on   an   important   observation   mission   leading   a formation   of   five   planes   over   German   battle   lines   during   the   Meuse- Argonne   Offensive.      The   weather   was   bad   and   visibility   was   poor.     The   citation   from   general   orders   reads   as   follows:   "They   realized   the importance   of   the   mission   and   chose   to   continue   their   course   through a   harassing   anti-aircraft   barrage.   A   shell   made   a   direct   hit   on   the plane   which   brought   it   down   in   fragments."   The   shell   had   exploded directly   underneath   Lowry’s   aircraft   breaking   it   into   pieces.   It   fell   to the ground near Crepion, France. Both men were killed instantly.   General   Pershing   posthumously   awarded   Lieutenants   Lowry   and   Kelty the   Distinguished   Service   Cross,      and   promoted   them   to   the   rank   of first lieutenant. While   Lowry   died   in   France   and   was   originally   buried   in   the   Argonne Cemetery   at   Romagne,   France,   he   was   moved   to   Fairmount   cemetery, Denver, CO in 1921.
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15 September 1921; Lt. Lowry’s funeral procession near Civic Center, Denver, CO.  [Wings]
15 September 1921; Lt. Lowry’s funeral Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.  [Wings]
Lt. Lowry’s grave site at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.  [Wings]
Lt. Lowry’s grave site at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.  [Wings]
Lt. Lowry’s grave site at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.  [Wings]
Lt. Lowry’s grave site at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.  [Wings]
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