WWII Ace Who Flew Through Legs of Eiffel Tower Dies.
RIP you magnificent son of a gun:
World War II fighter pilot William Overstreet Jr., who gained fame for flying beneath the Eiffel Tower’s arches in pursuit of a German aircraft, has died. He was 92.
According to Oakley’s Funeral Home, Overstreet died Sunday afternoon, December 29, 2013, at a Roanoke hospital.
Overstreet’s famous flight in Nazi-occupied Paris has been credited with lifting the spirits of French Resistance troops on the ground.
In a 2009 ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, the French ambassador to the United States presented Overstreet with France’s Legion of Honor.
Here’s what it might have looked like: