David S. Ingalls

David S. Ingalls (1899–1985) was the son of railroad magnate Albert S. Ingalls and Jane Taft, niece of President William Howard Taft. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he began his studies at Yale in 1916, only to leave to join the First Yale Unit, becoming a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve Flying Corps. After the War, he returned to Yale and then received an LLD from Harvard. During his long and illustrious career, he worked as a lawyer, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Air) in 1929.

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2013 John Lyman Book Award, Honorable Mention

Editor Geoffrey Rossano is the winner of the 2013 Arthur Radford Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation History and Literature.

Hero of the Angry Sky · The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingalls, America’s First Naval Ace
By David S. Ingalls · Edited by Geoffrey L. Rossano · Foreword by William F. Trimble

Draws on the unpublished diaries, correspondence, informal memoir, and other personal documents of the U.S. Navy’s only flying “ace” of World War I to tell his unique story.

“Historian Geoffrey L. Rossano…shines a light on the transatlantic experiences of a figure hitherto in the dark, and allows Ingalls’ articulate hand and eloquent voice to shine through when describing his service with the RAF…. Such astute editing makes, to be sure, for a gripping first-hand narrative.…This book [is] a must-have for those with a specific interest in war-time diaries and, more generally, for those interested in America’s coming of age as a world power. Hero of the Angry Sky is a worthy contribution to the growing historiography of the Great War.”

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