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 Donald Raymond “Don” McGee

Donald Raymond “Don” McGee

Birth
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 10 Oct 1917 (aged 21)
Michigan, USA
Burial Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan, USA
Plot Sec. 9 Lot 108
Memorial ID 79529083 · View Source
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Age 21 Years.

Loving son of Samuel B. and Ida M.(Burgess)McGee. Dear brother of Samuel B. Jr. and Ralph D. From an early age, Donald was always curious about flying. Jumping off roofs with an umbrella and experiments about flying at age 8. Don built model gliders at the age of eleven. Attented Saginaw High School and was Captain of the football team in 1913. Gave his first exhibition flight at Merrill, MI in August of 1915. Built his second plane with the help of Amasa Roberts and William Houston. He could not be in WW I due to a physical problem. Attended the Bad Axe Fair in 1915. Don became an instructor at Selfridge Field near Mt. Clemens, MI.

Donald was Saginaw's first aviator. At noon, on October 10th, his solo flight aeroplane plunged into the chilly waters of Lake St. Clair. Cause of fatal crash was never determined.


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  • Created by: Rosalie
  • Added: 29 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79529083
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Raymond “Don” McGee (26 Feb 1896–10 Oct 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79529083, citing Forest Lawn Cemetery, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Rosalie (contributor 46921287) .