Margaret Ray Ringenberg's story is fascinating. So much so, she has a page at the Library of Congress. From Leo, #Indiana, she was one of the initial members of the 201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol US Air Force Aux The Civil Air Patrol helped her learn to fly. She would take those skills and become a WASP ferrying airplanes during the war. At 72, she flew around the world.
Mrs. Lorraine (Redifer) Sherman, currently residing in Thomasville, GA served with the South Bend Civil Air Patrol squadron (3C1). She became a pilot in 1942 and studied aviation at Notre Dame.
Mr. Robert "Rob" Joyner was presented a Congressional Gold Medal on April 15, 2017 by the Arizona Wing Civil Air Patrol. Joyner joined CAP near the beginning of WW II as a cadet. He rose to the rank of Warrant Officer in the Senior Squadron located at Weir Cook Municipal Airport in Indianapolis. He joined because, in his words, “It was the thing to do back in thing to do back in those days and because he loved airplanes so much. It was my way to contribute to the national war effort.”
Late Grace Pulley, from #Indianapolis, started flying at the very young age of twelve. In 1940, at only sixteen years old, became a certified pilot. On 10 December 2014 she received an award at the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in Washington, D.C. for her participation in Civil Air Patrol during #WWII. She would also go on to become a WASP.
Stewart A. Joyce, from Indianapolis, is certified as a pilot in 1939 by the Civil Aeronautics Authority which itself was only a year old. His instructor is Bob Shank, one of the first air mail pilots. He is sworn in at Stout Field in Indianapolis and is soon searching for submarines based out of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Joyce, now with two hundred hours logged as a pilot, turns his efforts towards WWII coastal patrols. At the end of his time in CAP, Lt. Joyce logs 103 hours of CAP time…