2/Lt. Warren E. Loring

(F. Birtciel)

2/Lt. Warren E. Loring

343rd FS - 14 June 1944 - 30 June 1944 (Missing in Action - Evaded)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J 42-67876

Mission History

5 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
170 30 June 1944 Railroad Targets (Red 4)
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, 19 July 1923.
Home of record, Monument Beach, Massachusetts
ASN - O-760199
Known as 'Bud'
14 June 1944 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
30 June 1944 - Missing in Action (Shot Down - Bailed)
MACR No. 06562
Whilst flying wingman for Capt. Buttke, Lt. Loring was hit by anti-aircraft fire over the airfield at Nevers, France.  A fire started in the P-38's right engine and finally the right engine, right wing and part of the tail-boom fell of the aircraft. Lt. Loring bailed out of the airplane and received severe burns to his upper body, face and arms.
Lt. Loring was picked up by French farmers and hid from the German and French police with the help of the French Underground.
At the Underground camp in the Freteval Forest, Lt. Loring was introduced to Lt. Rex Hjelm, whom Lt. Loring was assigned to replace in Capt. Buttke's flight.
Lt. Loring was picked up by Gen. Patton's 3rd Army and was flown back to England on a C-47.  After interrogation, Lt. Loring was returned by air to the United States.
September 1944 - Transferred to Headquarters, 1st Air Force, New York
Additional Photo Lt. 'Bud' Loring posing in front of a P-38, having arrived at Wormingford (W. Loring)
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