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Benjamin Cedric Ridgway
 
Benjamin Ridgway, WWII
Benjamin Ridgway, WWII
 
 
Recent Address:   Pasadena, TX
 
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Family Information:   Wife: Delphia; Children:Gloria; Ben, Gary, Bill and John
 
Hometown:   Alva, OK
 
Date Entered Service:   October 26, 1942
 
Service Number:  
38273091
 
Bomb Group:   468th
 
Squadron:   794th
 
Location of Unit:   Salina, KS
 
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Hump Missions Flown:    
 
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Awards/Decorations:    
 
Service Schools Attended:    
 
Military Specialty(ies):   Central Fire Control
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sergeant
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6274 - Lady Hamilton (Mills); 42-6335 (Blackmore)
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:    
 
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Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s)
Earned a degree in chemistry from Northwestern Oklahoma State Teachers College. Immediately thereafter, he began a long career with Phillips Petroleum spending time in various locations prior to retiring from the Pasadena Chemical Complex in 1985.
Ben was a devoted Christian and member of the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena for fifty-five years. He served in various lay positions including Sunday School Teacher and Scout Master of the church sponsored Boy Scout Troop.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Mr. Ridgway was a crewmember on Major Ernest Blackmore's plane as it made its way from Salina to Kharagpur. The plane crashed in Karachi, India (present day Pakistan). Four men were killed. Two were so seriously injured that they returned to the US. One man refused to fly anymore. Mr. Ridgway made his way to Kharagpur and joined another crew. On July 29, 1944, as part of a mission to Anshan, Manchuria, Mr. Ridgway's plane was shot down deep inside enemy held China. With three engines shot out, a bail-out order was given. Through his own wits and the help of many who remain unknown, he was able to evade capture for more than a month and was eventually reunited with his unit in India. Three of the men died during the bail-out.
 
Comments:
Mr. Ridgway passed away March 18, 2011. He is buried at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, TX.

 

Benjamin Ridgway
Benjamin Ridgway
 

 


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