Warren Ernest Loring

July 19, 1923April 1, 2013

Warren (Bud) Ernest Loring

MONUMENT BEACH: Bud Loring passed away very peacefully at the Tremont Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Wareham on Monday, April 01, 2013 after struggling with Dementia for several years. He was the husband of Thelma Rowe Loring and the late Helen Elaine Loring, to whom he was married for 47 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Warren L. Loring and Hattie Bell Loring, and sister of Beatrice Croke of South Weymouth.

He was born in Brockton and brought to Sagamore Highlands at the age of 2 weeks, moved to Monument Beach at the age of 3, and graduated from Bourne High School in 1941.

Enlisted in the US Army Air Corps May 1942; commissioned as a twin-engine fighter pilot, 2nd Lt., Dec 1942. On his 5th mission, he was shot down over enemy occupied France June 1944 and escaped and evaded the enemy with the help of the French Resistance after spending 2 months being hid by various families; awarded the Purple Heart Medal for injuries received.

Served on active duty with the US Army, Air Defense Artillery; and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1968, after 26 years of service, which included World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

Retired from Colonial Gas Company in 1989, after 19 years as a Plant operator.

Survived by Warren Gary Loring (Jacqueline) of Albuquerque, NM; Susan Shanley (Frank) of Sea Girt, NJ; Melissa Capp of Plainfield, IL; step-children Kim Larson and Steven Larson of California; 9 grandchildren; 1 step-grandson; 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and their families.

He was a life member of the Air Forces Escape & Evasion Society, serving on the Board of Directors as the Recording Secretary for 12 years. He was also a life member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society and its MA Chapter, The Military Officers Association of America, the P-38 National Assn., Bourne High School Alumni Assn.; and belonged to The 55th Fighter Group, 343rd Squadron; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5988, Bourne; and the Bourne Society for Historic Preservation. He was a member of the Bourne Fire Dept., Company 2 Associates for 53 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bourne Historical society, Inc. and mailed to PO Box 3095, Bourne, MA 02532.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM at the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne. The family will receive friends at approximately 3:15 PM at the Weary Travelers, Monument Beach, as Bud and Thelma met there in July 1991 at the annual dinner / meeting of the Bourne High School Alumni Assn.


  • Graveside Service Friday, April 5, 2013

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Gary Loring

June 22, 2013

My sisters and I would thank everyone who posted their thoughs.

April 5, 2013

Dear Thelma, Gary and family.
So sorry to hear about Bud. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Pat Houde

April 3, 2013

Dear Thelma and Family,
Ray and I would like to express our condolences with the sad news of Bud's passing. We have had the pleasure of enjoying each other's company over the years when you and Bud attended the annual meetings of the Canadian Royal Air Forces Escaping Society and we in turn, attended some of the AFEES meetings. We are blessed to have known wonderful people in both our socities, but more importantly, we have been able to thank those Helpers who helped our loved ones when they needed it the most.
With kind regards,
Raymond and Heather Sherk
Toronto, Canada.

Lew Schlotterbeck

April 3, 2013

Thelma : it is wwith regret that I have learned of Bud's passing. I regret that I did not get to know him better as a fellow AFEES member. Apprarently we led a similar life. With regret. Lew S chlotterbeck

Jackie Finney

April 3, 2013

Dear Mrs. Loring and family,

I remember very fondly the times at the Silver Lounge where I waited on you and your husband - and, of course, chatted away with you. I so enjoyed seeing you both and catching up on "this and that".

Sharing in your loss and sorrow, my thoughts are with you. I won't forget your smiling faces. Jackie from Monument Beach and The Silver Lounge

April 3, 2013

Gary-we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Our prayers are with you and your family. Ginger and Knute Robinson

April 3, 2013

Dear Thelma and family,
It is with deep sorrow that I learned about Bud's passing. Although I never met him, I learned about his courage and determination in the service, helping in the global effort to give their freedom back to the citizens of the occupied countries of Europe.
Our thoughts go to all of you.
Edouard Renière - Brussels - BELGIUM
For the evasioncomete Team.
(see Bud's page at

James F Gallagher

April 3, 2013

Dear Thelma, I am so happy to have known you and Bud over the past several years. Bud was certainly "one of a kind" and loved to regale friends, both old and new, of his exploits in his beloved Lockheed P-38 Lightning. He flew the P-38 in World War II, and was shot down over occupied France in 1944. Bud's resourcefulness and courage sustained him for over two months behind enemy lines. Bud Loring is and always will be my hero of America's greatest generation. Love Always, Jim 1SG James F. Gallagher USA, Ret.

April 2, 2013

It is with deep regret on the passing of our past board of director member, Warren "Bud" Loring, husband, father, relative and friend of many, including all members of the US Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society.
Bud was one of the few AFEES members that came from my home area of Haverhill, Massachusetts. He will be sadly missed by all.
"May His Memory Be Eternal"!
John Katsaros, President (AFEES"
US Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society

April 2, 2013

Dear Thelma and family: We had many good times to gether at your home and on your visit to us in Illinois. I still have the wood train Bud built for our grandson that we got at one of the AFEES reunions. Now remember all the best times and take time to care for yourself. Hope to see you sometime if you visit Illinois. Best wishes Francene Weyland