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John L. Schell World War II Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2011-07-05
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.


  • 1942-1946


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 document box and 1 oversize folder )

Biographical Note: John L. Schell

John L. Schell was a United States Navy pilot and fighter ace during World War II.

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).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Musuem in 2011 by his widow, Marjorie Schell.


No further accurals expected.

Separated Materials

A number of medals, pins, and ribbons have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in Objects storage. For more information contact us.
Guide to the John L. Schell World War II Collection
Completed - Level 1
H. Kolesar
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st Edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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