Benjamin Cedric Ridgway

Benjamin Ridgway, WWII
Benjamin Ridgway, WWII
Recent Address: Pasadena, TX
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Family Info: 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
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Location of Unit: Salina, KS
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MOS: Central Fire Control
Rank Upon Discharge: Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6274 - Lady Hamilton (Mills); 42-6335 (Blackmore)
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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 About the 58th: 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.

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