Photograph of Philip and help to compile the page courtesy of Roger Lowe.

Born: 1921, Swaffham, Norfolk.

Died: 3rd June 1941; age: 19 – Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.

Residence: 177, Clapgate Lane, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1283280.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Number II Operational Training Unit, Group 7.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Arthur Layen Lowe & Olive Elizabeth Lowe, of Ipswich.


Father: Arthur Layen Lowe, born July 1877, Swaffham, Norfolk.

Mother: Olive Elizabeth Lowe (nee Rose), born August 1895, Walsingham, Norfolk.



Philip was living with his parents & brother at their family home – 177, Clapgate Lane, Ipswich.

Arthur, an Agent – Printed Stationery.

Olive, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Stephen E. Layen Lowe, born 1923, Swaffham, Norfolk.


Image from 1995 Evening Star Newspaper of Philip’s brother Stephen reading the Ipswich Roll of Honor.

3rd June 1941

Aircraft – Wellington, from RAF Number 11 Operational Training Unit. At 1:10 a.m. whilst on a night flying training flight. The Wellington went out of control, whilst preparing to land, and crashed near the flare path, one mile west of Bassingbourn Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire. 5 crew members were killed, 1 survivor.


James Hyndman Cooper; Sergeant/Observer; age 28; R.C.A.F.

Denis George Ambrose; Sergeant/Pilot; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

John Grant Turnbull; Sergeant/Pilot; age 23; R.A.F.V.R. – photo courtesy of Jean.

Howgate Ian Holroyd; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 25; R.A.F.V.R.

L.F. Stuart – survived.


From Roger Lowe:

One strange story associated with my Uncle was that on the day the aircraft crashed his Father (my Grandfather) was on fire watch on the roof of a building in Ipswich. He heard Phil’s voice shout out DAD!!. My grandfather rushed down to the street below where the voice came from but no-one was there. He made a note of this and the next day was informed that Phil had died in the Crash, the amazing thing was that the time of the Crash and the shout he heard came at the same time.

Philip with the crew he flew with during training. Philip had written on the back – “Our gang” Yatesbury, 9/2.41.

Photograph of Philip and help to compile the page courtesy of Roger Lowe.

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