July 19, 1923 (Baldwinsville, MA) – June 4, 1978 (Charlotte, NC); 54 years old
Married Mary Worthmann on June 19, 1948 in Norwalk, CT
Married to Ann Jones Carroll on September 6, 1969 in Norwalk, CT
Two daughters and two stepdaughters, Catherine and Susan
Local address: 321 Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted on January 12, 1942
Serial number: 11041536 (Enlisted) and O-752769 (Officer)
461ST BOMB GROUP (HEAVY), 767TH BOMB SQUADRON
Captured on May 27, 1944 and set on the march to Dulag-Luft, Oberureel. Released on April 29, 1945 by General Patton’s 14th Armored Division. Returned to the United States the following September.
Missing Air Crew Report #5416
Date: May 27, 1944
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Aircraft type: B-24-H Liberator
Aircraft serial number: 42-52399
Details: Number 3 engine hit by flak. Witness statements say the plane seemed under control as it left the formation. They flew back over water salvoed the bombs, and headed in the direction of Corsica. Plane was losing altitude fast, then fire broke out under the right wing.
Crew of 42-52399 (10 total)
2nd Lt Gerald Joseph Maroney, Bronx NY, Pilot, Returned to duty
1st Lt Winston James Lawrence, Wellesley MA, Co-Pilot, Returned to duty
2nd Lt Warren Roland Mudge, Norwalk CT, Bombardier, POW
2nd Lt Paul A. Golden, Archibald PA, Navigator, Returned to duty
TSgt Harold Curtis Steele, La Grange TX, Top Turret Gunner, Returned to duty
SSgt Benjamin Howard Norrid, Union City TN, Nose Turret Gunner, POW
SSgt Donald Emerson Ellis, Audubon NJ, Left Waist Gunner, Returned to duty
SSgt Alvin Lee Raines, Ferguson MO, Tail Gunner, POW
SSgt Owen Burns Streeper, Normal IL, Ball Turret Gunner, Returned to duty
Sgt Leon Zinner, Chicago IL, Right Waist Gunner, POW
From The Norwalk Hour May 16, 1945
Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Mudge of 2 Scofield Place have received a telegram from the War Department informing them that their son, Lieutenant Warren R. Mudge who was reported missing in action over France since May 27, is a prisoner of Germany. He was located through the International Red Cross. Lieutenant Judge enlisted in the Army in January 1942 as a private. He received his commission and wings on August 21, 1942. He was bombardier and his plane was shot down over the European area.
From The Norwalk Hour July 5, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Mudge of 2 Scofield Place have received word from the War Department that their younger son, Lieutenant Warren R. Mudge, has been released from the German prison camp where he had been held since his capture last May. A bombardier on a Liberator, Lieutenant Mudge had been in the Air Force since 1942 and had received his commission in August 1943. Prior to his enlistment, he had been employed in the office of the Nash Engineering Company.
From The Norwalk Hour September 26, 1945
Atlantic City, N.J. – Second Lieutenant Warren R. Mudge of 2 Scofield Place, East Norwalk, Connecticut, has been relieved from active duty at the Army Air Force Redistribution Station Number 1 here, after serving 44 months in the armed forces. Sixteen of those months were spent overseas in the Mediterranean theater, where he served as a bombardier on a B-24 for 25 combat missions. He wears the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; the Purple Heart Medal; The Distinguished Unit Badge and the European Theater of Operations Ribbon with three battle stars. Entering the service on January 12, 1942 at Fort Frances E. Warren, Wyoming, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant on August 21, 1943, after undergoing training at Deming, New Mexico. He shipped overseas on January 27, 1944. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Mudge who reside at the same address. The lieutenant was a POW for 12 months until released by Patton’s 14th Armored Division on April 29, 1945. He returned to the United States on June 3, 1945.
Lt Mudge is buried in Forest Lawn West Cemetery, 601 Freedom Dr, Charlotte, NC; Section B