Rick and islandofmisfittoys send us a link the sad news that 92-year-old William Overstreet Jr. has passed. According to the media, Overstreet flew his fighter aircraft between the spans of the Eiffel Tower in pursuit of a Messerschmitt during World War II which lifted the spirits of the French Resistance;
One of those French Resistance fighters was the father of Bernard Marie. A French dignitary who has hosted D-Day events every year since 1984, Marie said he met Overstreet in 1994. He knew Overstreet was well-known for his flight underneath the Eiffel Tower but didn’t understand its true importance until he spoke with his father.
“My father began shouting at me — ‘I have to meet this man,’ ” Marie said. Members of the French Resistance had seen his flight and it inspired them, including Marie’s father, he said.
“This guy has done even more than what people are thinking,” Marie said. “He lifted the spirit of the French.”
Marie was born into Nazi-occupied France and remembers the Allied troops coming to his home to liberate his family, forever giving him an appreciation for American WWII veterans. It led to a friendship with Overstreet as soon as they met.
Well, he’s flying again now and we wish him blue skies ahead.
Category: Blue Skies