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Name: David Sinton Ingalls
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
David Ingalls
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Navy
Units: 213, 217 (RAF)
Victories: 6
Born: 28 January 1899
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: 26 April 1985
Place of Death: Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA
Cemetery: Warm Springs Cemetery, Warm Springs, Virginia, USA Image
The grandnephew of President Taft, David Sinton Ingalls was the only ace of the United States Navy during World War I. Before enlisting in 1917, he was a pre-med student at Yale where he was an active member of the school's flying club. Attached to British squadrons throughout the war, he flew the D.H.4 and Sopwith Camel in combat scoring six victories. After the war, he received a degree in the law from Harvard in 1923 and was elected to the Ohio legislature in 1926. In March 1929 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy in charge of aviation by President Herbert Hoover. A strong advocate for the fully deployable carrier task force, Ingalls served with the United States Navy throughout World War II, retiring with the rank of Rear Admiral. He later became vice-president of Pan American airlines, was the president and publisher of the Cincinnati Times-Star and vice-chairman of the Taft Broadcasting Company. In 1958, he returned to the practice of law. In 1983 he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. He suffered a stroke in 1985 and died at home a week later. He was 86.
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
This officer has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by the British Government. On Sept. 15, 1918, he led a flight of five machines on low bombing raid on Uytkerke Airdrome, obtaining a direct hit on his target. On homeward journey, assisted by another Camel, he shot down two-seater enemy airplane in flames. Has participated in two other low raids, doing good work with bombs and machine-gun fire in each case. He also shot down a kite balloon in flames near Ostende. His reckless courage and utter disregard of danger are exceptional and are an example to all.
Syracuse Herald, Monday Evening, February 6, 1928
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 Aug 1918 0955 213 Sopwith Camel (C73) Albatros C (DES) 1 NE of Dixmude
2 21 Aug 1918 1650 213 Sopwith Camel (N6376) LVG C (DES) 2 S of Zevecote
3 15 Sep 1918 1400 213 Sopwith Camel (D9649) Rumpler C (DES) 3 Ostend
4 18 Sep 1918 1050 213 Sopwith Camel (D9649) Balloon (DES) 4 La Barriere
5 20 Sep 1918 1045 213 Sopwith Camel (D8177) Fokker D.VII (DES) Vlisseghem
6 24 Sep 1918 1730 213 Sopwith Camel (D9649) Rumpler C (DES) 5 Saint-Pierre-Cappelle

1 Shared with Lt Colin Brown
2 Shared with Capt Colin Brown, Lt Harry Smith
3 Shared with Lt Harry Smith
4 Shared with Lt Harry Smith, Lt George Hodson
5 Shared with Lt George Hodson
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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