He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941 while he resided in Pensacola, Escambia Co., Florida. He described himself as 5’11”, 160 lbs, with black hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet on 5 January 1942. On 8 November 1944, a C47A, # 43-15864 assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Combat Cargo Group, 3rd Combat Cargon Squadron, departed the airfield at Tulihal, India, on an operational mission to Drop Zone YN in [Burma] and was last reported to be near Yazagyo, Burma. A ground search by the unit (25th East Afrisian Brigade) to whom supplies were to be dropped found no trace of the C-47A. According to the Aviation Safety Network database places the crash near Paoshan, China. The recovered remains were first buried (as a group) in one grave at the airfield cemetery, Barrackpore, India. Due to the inability to distinguish remains, the crew remains were buried in a common (Ingram, Perkins, Carpenter & McLaughln) grave in the Richmond National Cemetery on 6 May 1949 (Sec. 2-C, Grave 7171), Richmond, Virginia.
His brother, James W. Ingram, born 9 January 1913, served during WW II in the U.S. Navy, F2c (fireman), MM3c (machinists mate), # 8442000, on the U.S.S. Manila Bay (CVE-61), from 6 May 1943 to 16 October 1945. The U.S.S. Manila Bay was a Casablanca-class escort or attack carrier and carried an average of twenty-seven aircraft. In 1944 she took part in the invasion of the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Island, Bigej Island, Eniwetok, Majuro, Espiritu Santo, the Solmons, the Bismarck Archipelago, and Rabaul. The New Guinea offensive included attacks on Aitape, Hollandia, Tanahmerah Bay, and Manus Island. She transported 39 USAAF Republis P-47 Thunderbolts, 318th Fighter Group, to Saipan, fighting enroute. She took part in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf and the Battle of Surigao Strait. She was a busy fighting ship and was commended for her crews’ skills and the command.
His brother, Otis E. Ingram, born 4 April 1916, served during WW II in the U.S. Navy, AOM1c, # 3465899, from 24 May 1939 to 14 July 1943 and to his death on active duty on 4 February 1946. Burial was on 31 March 1991 in the Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida (Sec. 36, Grave 2778). In 1942 he was assigned to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL. The register of Combat Naval Casualties states: “Ingram, Otis Earl, Aviation Chief Ornanceman, USN. …” He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.