Francis B. Lowry was born 1 December 1894, in Denver, Colorado. He was commissioned in the Coast Artillery Reserve Corps on 27 November 1917. Shortly thereafter he volunteered for observation in the Aviation Section and was trained as an aerial observer. On 26 May 1918, he was assigned to the 91st Observation Squadron and joined his Squadron at the Front.
At 10:30 on the morning of September 26th, Lt. Lowry with Lt. Asher Kelty, as his pilot, took off on an important photographic mission, leading a formation of five planes. As the formation crossed enemy lines, a German anti-aircraft battery opened fire and one of the first bursts exploded directly underneath Lowry’s aircraft. The plane broke in to pieces and fell to the ground. Both Kelty and Lowry were killed instantly. This was Lowry’s 33rd mission. He and Lt. Kelty were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, posthumously.
Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado was named after the distinguished Colorado hero.