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Margaret Jane Ringenberg (Ray)

Also Known As: ""Maggie Ray""
Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN, USA
Death: July 2008 (87)
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, WI, USA (died in her sleep of natural causes)
Place of Burial: Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Albert Brenton Ray
Wife of Morris Jay Ringenberg

Occupation: pilot; flight instructor
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About Margaret Jane Ringenberg

Born in Fort Wayne, she was a self-employed pilot and was was a WASP during World War II. She was a member of Grabill Missionary Church, The Ninety Nines, AOPA, Experimental Aircraft Association, Air Race Classic Association, Smith Field Association, the Senior Saints and was Speaker for NASA Distinguished Lecture Series.

Ringenberg joined the WASPs in 1943 as a ferry pilot. After the WASPs disbanded, she became a flight instructor in 1945 and began racing in 1957.

Ringenberg announced the war's end in 1945 to Fort Wayne residents by dropping 56,000 leaflets proclaiming "Japan Surrenders!" from a plane over downtown. Both newspapers in the city were on strike, so a radio station hired her to make the historic "news drop."

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Margaret Jane Ringenberg's Timeline

June 17, 1921
Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN, USA
July 2008
Age 87
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, WI, USA
August 5, 2008
Age 87
Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN, USA