44-10856         F6

 

On 17 April 1945, a F6C-10 (P-51 Mustang Photo Reconnaissance variant), # 44-10856, assigned to the 8th Photo Reconnaisance Group, 20th Tactical Reconnaisance Squadron, departed the airfield at Mawnubyin and was last in contact by radio with another flight aircraft about 30 miles WSW of Rangoon, Burma. The pilot was 1stLt John W. Ringo, Jr., # 0-682678.

 

2ndLt Victor H. Huelsnitz, 0-889427, reported that Lt. Ringo was last seen approaching a rainstorm and he made a turn as if to avoid the 5-mile wide storm. Huelsnitz also turned and lost sight of him. He heard Ringo call, “Let’s go home.” Huelsnitz did not see him again.

 

RINGO, JOHN WESLEY, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-682678, USAAF

 

John W. Ringo, Jr., was born 1920 in Wyandotte, Wayne Co., Michigan to John W. Ringo (1879-1951) and Julia May (Donahue) Ringo (1885-1961). Siblings included Juliett Veronica (Ringo) Peltier (1912-2005), George Thomas Ringo (1915-1997), and Dorothy (Ringo) Akiyama (1923-2002). He graduated from Roosevelty High School, Wyandotte, Michigan.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Detroit, Michigan, on 15 October 1940. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings to fly the P-51 Mustang. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 April 1945, a F6C-10, # 44-10856, assigned to the 8th Photo Reconnaisance Group, 20th Tactical Reconnaisance Squadron, departed the airfield at Mawnubyin and was last in contact by radio with another flight aircraft about 30 miles WSW of Rangoon, Burma. 2ndLt Victor H. Huelsnitz, 0-889427, reported that Lt. Ringo was last seen approaching a rainstorm and he made a turn as if to avoid the 5-mile wide storm. Huelsnitz also turned and lost sight of him. He heard Ringo call, “Let’s go home.” Huelsnitz did not see him again. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.