Mother’s adventures as WWII pilot remembered in lecture

Margaret Ringenberg

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The History Center is honoring the life of a woman who was a Women’s Air Force Service Pilot or WASP during World War II.  The life ‘Maggie Ray’ Ringenberg is being remembered in a book written by her daughter, Marsha Wright. Her life is the topic of a lecture at the History Center on Sunday.

Wright wrote “Maggie Ray: World War II Air Force Pilot.” The book is the story of her mother’s life in the 1940s. During that time Ringenberg started the Fort Wayne Civil Air Patrol Squadron, in which she is said to have transported people, documents, and supplies during the war.

The History Center brought in Write to give a lecture about her mother. The presentation includes pictures and stories about her mother’s life as a WASP, flight instructor and race pilot. At age 72 Ringenberg flew around the world. In December of 2014 Ringenberg was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, along with several others for their work with the Civil Air Patrol.

The book on Ringenberg can be purchased at 

To hear more about the life of ‘Maggie Ray’ Ringenberg, visit the History Center for the lecture at 2 p.m.

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