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Schell, John L., 1919-1991



  • Existence: 1919-1991

Biographical Note

John L. Schell was born in 1919. He left the University of Minnesota and enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1941. After flight training, Schell was assigned to Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3) as a Hellcat pilot. During World War II, he earned multiple awards, including the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. Schell also attained ace status with five confirmed aerial victories.

Post-war, Schell held multiple positions, including newspaper editor, Director of Public Relations for General Foods Corporation, and Vice-President for Public Relations for Armour & Company. In 1970, he formed an international public relations firm which he headed until his retirement to Florida in 1980.

John L. Schell died in March 1991, leaving behind his wife, Marjorie.


"John L. Schell obituary." American Fighter Aces Bulletin, Vol. 8, No.2 (Summer 1991).

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

John L. Schell World War II Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2011-07-05
Contents of the Collection The John L. Schell World War II Collection contains primarily textual materials related to the World War II military service of United States Navy pilot and fighter ace John L. Schell. Materials include military certificates and citations, pilot's logs, clippings, and additional printed ephemera, including a typed history of the "Fighting 3 (VF-3)." There is also a small amount of photographs, depicting military personnel and activities.

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