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Donald A Angell


DONALD A. ANGELL, Sr. 86, of The Villages, Florida passed away on January 18, 2008. He had been a resident of the Palm Beach Gardens area since 1968 after retiring from the US Air Force as a Major. He had resided at The Villages since September 2003. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on April 12, 1921. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and attended the University of Miami Florida Class of 1943. An accomplished musician, he played saxophone and clarinet in his high school band and orchestra, at the University of Miami and in numerous dance bands. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and entered active duty in February 1943. He graduated from Aviation Cadets as a Second Lieutenant in February 1944. After further training he was assigned to the 9th Air Force, 50th Fighter Group, 10th Fighter Squadron in the European theater of operations as a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot, completing 87 missions. Lieutenant Angell separated from the service in 1945 and subsequently joined the Michigan Air National Guard, flying the P-51 Mustang. Recalled to active duty with the squadron in early 1951, Captain Angell spent two years at Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan. This was followed by a three year tour at Wheelus Field in Tripoli, Libya flying F-86 Saber jets. His last assignment was at Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Oscoda, Michigan. After leaving the Air Force, he became a Palm Beach Deputy Sheriff, serving as a bailiff until he retired in 1994. Mr. Angell was a cofounder and past president of the Exchange Club of the Northern Palm Beaches and a life member of the P-47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association. He was also a member of the Military Officers Association, the Air Force Association and the American Military Society. He was a member of the North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake, Florida. Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances E. Angell (Venn); two sons, Don Angell (Debbie) of Battle Creek, Michigan and Scott Angell (Jennie) and grandchildren (Sabrina and Damian) of Willits, California; two daughters, Lynnette Angell (Pat Chambers) of Palmer, Alaska and Lisa Angell of Traverse City, Michigan. A celebration of life service will be held on January 23, 2008 at the Angell family home at The Villages.


Units served with

  • 50th Fighter Group

    50th Fighter Group

    Before the build-up to D-Day, the group were based in the United States as part of the Fighter School Command and the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics. In spring 1944 though, like so many other fighter and bomb groups, the 50th Fighter Group...

  • 10th Fighter Squadron

    10th Fighter Squadron

    50th Fighter Group (Special). The group moved to the European Theater of Operations in the Spring 1944 expansion of Ninth Air Force in England in preparation for Operation Overlord. It flew its first combat mission on 1 May 1944. Lymington USAAF...

Associated Place

  • Lymington

    Military site : airfield
    Used by US units including the 50th Fighter Group. The present-day private grass airstrip is to the north of the Second World War airfield site.

  • Laon/Athies

    Military site : airfield

  • Carentan

    Military site : airfield

  • Meautis

    Military site : airfield

  • Orly

    Military site : airfield

  • Lyon / Bron

    Military site : airfield

  • Toul / Ochey

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Battle Creek, MI, USA 12 April 1921
Died Florida, USA 18 January 2008


Date Contributor Update
14 July 2017 13:17:29 113337 Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations