454 and 459 RAAF Squadrons
Flight Lieutenant Edmund Frank "Ted" MUMME
454 RAAF Squadron
Service No. 418543
Date of Birth: 25 Sep 1912
Place of Birth: BOX HILL, VIC
Date of Enlistment: 23 May 1942
Date of Discharge: 7 Sep 1945
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Warrant Officer D. Dunn - Pilot
Flying Officer E.F. (Ted) Mumme - Navigator
Flight Sergeant O'Brien - WAG
Flight Sergeant Pennicott - WAG
Ted Mumme, operated on important operational sorties with one of the 8 "Shadowing" crews of the Axis Aegean convoy 1st June 1944.
The information below was supplied by Bob Mitchell in a February 2006 email:
Sixty years ago Ted Mumme was in Brighton, England, when he heard that peace had been declared in Europe.
After several years navigating Baltimore bombers with 454 Squadron in the Middle East, Ted and his friends got on a train to London to celebrate the news.
It was an incredible day. There were thousands and thousands in London and the lights were back on after such a long time.
Ted said the history books told a different version of events than the way he recalled. It was mistakenly reported his plane was shot down.
We were in Italy doing a new type of pattern bombing and the plane in front was shot down.
"History said it was our plane that did not return."