Guide to the George E. Lovell, Jr. Papers, RG 204

Listed by:  D. Cox
Date:  June 1999

Date Span:  1916-1972

Size of Collection: 14 items

Biographical Sketch:  Lovell was born in Leesburg, FL, August 10, 1899.  He graduated from West Point in 1913, beginning a long Army career.  Assigned to the 7th Cavalry, he was wounded in the Punitive Expedition to Mexico and in 1916 became a United States Army aviation cadet.  As an aviator in World War I, he rose from Lieutenant to Major and became Chief of Staff of the U.S. 1st Army's Aviation Service.  Lovell was stationed as military attache to the American Embassy in Rome, 1927-1932, then in Athens, and served in the Panama Canal Zone, 1937-1939.  In World War II, he was commanding officer at Dow Field, ME; Bradley Field, CT; Biggs and Dalhart Fields, TX; Pratt Field, KS; and Peterson Field, CO.  He retired to Colorado Springs in 1946, moved to Cocoa Beach in 1954, and died on October 27, 1972.  His daughter, Marilyn Lloyd Louise Lovell, served in the Navy during World War II and held a number of jobs in the aviation industry.

Scope / Content:  Lovellís papers consist of several photographs in uniform with his airplane c. 1916; his pilotís log book, 1916-1926, which covers several domestic flights, plus training in gunnery, cross-country flight, night bombing, and parachutes; his acrobatic flying certificate, 1918; letters to his daughter, 1954-1959; his obituary, 1972; and his World War I pilotís card.

NOTE:  Wichita State University Special Collections and Archives has collections from both George E. Lovell (MS 94-16) and Marilyn Lovell (MS 94-23)


Pilot's Book No. 1, 1916 - 1926:  Cover stamped "Geo. E. Lovell, Jr.  Major Signal Corps, U.S.A."

Acrobatic Flying Certificate, April 8, 1918, signed by Maj. J. C. McDonnell, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.

Letters and Postcard to Marilyn Lovell:


Pilot's Identification Card, n.d. [ca. 1918 - 1921]

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