Felix Ffrench Clowry
Branch of Service: Air Force
Conflict: World War II
Date of Enlistment: 27/05/1940
Place of Enlistment: Sydney NSW
Date of Birth: 02/04/1918
Place of Birth: Sydney NSW
Address (at enlistment): 31 Monaro Crescent, Griffith, Canberra ACT
School(s) Attended: Telopea Park Primary School (1924-27); St Christopher’s Roman Catholic School, Manuka, Canberra ACT (1928-?); St Patrick’s College, Goulburn NSW
Occupation: Public servant
Next of Kin: Son of Francis Joseph and Edith Clowry, of 31 Monaro Crescent, Griffith, Canberra ACT; brother of 402083 Warrant Officer Thomas Philip Clowry RAAF (who was a POW in Germany), 72047 Corporal Paul Joseph Clowry RAAF, Patricia (Mrs Frank Boyle).
Burial Place: Body never recovered.
Unit and Rank Details
Service Number: 402110
Final Rank: Sergeant
Final Unit: RAAF, attached to 38 Squadron RAF
Died 13 July 1941 aged 23 years, presumed dead, killed in action in a flying battle in the Middle East, off Benghazi Harbour.
AWM Roll of Honour, Canberra ACT: Panel 120.
Alamein Memorial, Egypt: Column 245
Frank Clowry had arrived in Canberra from Braidwood by 1923 and in 1924 he and his family were the first tenants of Cottage 16 Westlake which was close to Parliament House, where Frank Clowry was the foreman carpenter in the joiners’ shop. In 1931 the family moved to Monaro Crescent, Griffith, Canberra ACT. Felix Clowry worked for the Census office before enlisting in May 1940 and was also a member of the Canberra Aero Club. He embarked for the Middle East in January 1941 and flew bombing missions over Benghazi and Tobruk. His Wellington bomber took off at 21.10 hours on the night of 13/14 July 1941 to bomb Benghazi Harbour but it failed to return. Other pilots on the bombing mission reported seeing an aircraft on fire in the sea about one mile off Benghazi Harbour. No bodies were recovered.
The Alamein Memorial forms the entrance to the El Alamein War Cemetery. The Air Forces panels commemorate more than 3,000 airmen of the Commonwealth who died in the campaigns in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Greece, Crete and the Aegean, Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Somalilands, the Sudan, East Africa, Aden and Madagascar, who have no known grave.