He enlisted in the USAAF in Pennsylvania on 23 April 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 17 December 1944 a P-51C10-NT, # 43-24964, assigned to 10th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 16th Fighter Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Chengkung on a ferry mission to Chihkiang, China. Enroute his compass and navigational system failed. He crashed and his remains were found in his cockpit. Last to have radio contact with him were 1stLt Charles B. Wright Jr., 0-813276, 1stLt William V. Zimpleman, 0-813281, and 2ndLt Walter A. Ferris, 0-762524. The Base Commander at Chihkiang called the 16th Fighter Squadron headquarters office and informed them that the remains were found in the aircraft. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, Pennsylvania.

 

His father, born 23 October 1981, served in WWI in the U.S. Army, Private, 305th American Truck Regiment, Company B, from 2 October 1917 to 1 April 1918. He died 27 February 1936 and is buried in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, Cameron Co., Pennsylvania.

43-24970         (MACR 10052)

 

On 19 November 1944 a P-51C-10-NT, # 43-24970, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 16th Fighter Squadron, Nanning, China, departed its airfield on a ferry mission to Kunming, China. The pilot was 2ndLt Phillip M. Clow, # 0-701723. Last to see him was Capt. Eugene W. Mueller Jr., 0-669285, when he saw 2ndLt Clow’s P-51 take off and turn into the clouds.

 

CLOW, PHILLIP MILLS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-701723, USAAF

 

Phillip M. Clow was born on 7 February 1920 in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, to Charles James Clow (1888-1949) and Mary Bates (Boardman) Clow (1888-1966). Siblings included Elizabeth Mary Clow (1915-1940).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 19 November 1944 a P-51C-10-NT, # 43-24970, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 16th Fighter Squadron, Nanning, China, departed its airfield on a ferry mission to Kunming, China. Last to see him was Capt. Eugene W. Mueller Jr., 0-669285, when he saw 2ndLt Clow’s P-51 take off and turn into the cloudsHe is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered on the family monument in the Wheatland Township Cemetery, Naperville, Will Co., Illinois. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

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