Laura Ingalls (aviator)

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Laura Ingalls released

Completes Prison Sentence for Failing to Register as Nazi Aide.
Washington, District of Columbia, October 4, 1943 (AP) The Justice Department reported today the release of Laura Ingalls, woman aviator, from the Alderson, West Virginia Women's Reformatory, where she completed a sentence for violation of the Foreign Registration Act. Miss Ingalls, accused of having failed to register as a German agent in the United States, was sentenced on February 20, 1942, to serve eight months to two years. She was transferred from the District of Columbia jail to Alderson on July 14, 1943. Saying she was released Friday, officials had no information as to her present whereabouts. Officials said that Miss Ingalls had been a model prisoner.

  • Source: New York Times; October 5, 1943; page 6
  • Note: Used with permission

Laura Ingalls, famed early aviatrix, dies

Miss Laura Ingalls, who became the first flyer to complete a solo flight around the South American continent in 1934, died recently in Burbank. She was 66. Miss Ingalls had lived in California 30 years and at 1027 Country Club Drive 12 years. The daughter of a socially prominent New York family, Miss Ingalls' great love was flying. She placed second in the 1936 National Air Races in a special contest for women. She completed a transcontinental trip, flying alone in her Lockheed Orion, in 15 hours and 39 minutes. Miss Ingalls was also enthralled by aerial acrobatics. The first woman to earn a transport pilot's license, she performed 980 continuous loops in her DH Gypsy Moth and 714 consecutive barrel rolls over St. Louis. In 1935 Miss Ingalls set out to set a record for the first non-stop coast-to-coast flight from east to west. She made the flight in 18 hours and 19 minutes. She then broke Amelia Earhart's nonstop record by 5 1/2 hours. Miss Ingalls leaves a brother in Paris, France and a sister-in-law in New York. Private funeral services and burial were held.

  • Source: Daily Review; Burbank, California; January 17, 1967
  • Note: Used with permission
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