WWII fighter pilot who flew THROUGH the Eiffel Tower to take down a German plane dies in Virginia aged 92. Here’s a true American hero, which is why you won’t see this in the MSM and have to go to a British news organization to find out about him. This guy had some big cojones. We salute you sir and may you RIP.

Hero: World War II Aviator Bill Overstreet Jr., best known for flying beneath the Eiffel Tower in pursuit of a German plane, is pictured in his military days. He passed away in Virginia on Sunday, aged 92

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KimmyQueen January 3, 2014 at 10:44 pm

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Wow… stuff like that you only see in movies. That is really amazing. May he rest in peace.

RKae January 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm

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“…which is why you won’t see this in the MSM…”

Oh, come on! There’s always hope! Maybe someone will discover that the guy was gay and he’ll finally get some press!

Armed and Awesome January 4, 2014 at 3:00 am

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Dammit, my heroes keep dying off. We have men of that caliber serving in our armed forces now, but as an entire generation, The Greatest Generation will never be equaled. I’m gonna be inconsolable when Chuck Yeager passes away.

RKae January 4, 2014 at 9:17 am

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Damn it. Now I gotta go watch “The Right Stuff” for the zillionth time!

“There was a demon that lived in the air…”

Sidekick January 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

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That movie NEVER gets old.

Alien January 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

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Always loved that line..

sa_rose January 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

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That movie did more to explain my Dad to me than any other thing. He graduated from a country s school house and CHALLENGED into Officer Traing school at Randolph. Did better in physics math and even chemistry Granville graduates. He did indeed have the right stuff!

sa_rose January 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

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That’s supposed to read University graduates. ( walks away mumbling. . .stupid Kindle. . .)

Dah Bronx January 4, 2014 at 4:52 am

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“…which is why you won’t see this in the MSM…”

Ask any HS American History/AP American History student if they even heard ANY ONE of these names: Audie Murphy, Colin Kelly, “Commando” Kelly, Greg Boyington, “Manila John” Basilone, Doug Bader, “Down the Throat Sam Dealey, Redtails/Tuskegee Airmen, ….I can keep going, & that’s just WW2….expect a “deer in the headlights” response.

Find the Am. Hist./AP Am. Hist. teacher and slap the living shit out of them.

You’ll be arrested, but you’ll have received some satisfaction….betcha the cop puts the ‘cuffs on lightly.

Just kidding….but not really.

ooddballz January 4, 2014 at 5:57 am

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Some people MIGHT know:
Audie Murphy
Greg Boyington
Tuskegee Airmen…But only through distorted T.V. and movie “Hollywood” versions. I myself will have to admit looking up Sam Dealey.

But as I have not read much WW2 history in a few years, matching the names to the deeds takes me a minute.

Sidekick January 4, 2014 at 9:42 am

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I read Yeager’s autobiography 30 years ago. That and “The Good War” came out about the same time. Should be required reading for any student of 20th c. History.

DefHarryMelon January 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

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When you find some extra time for digging into it, read a bit about a fellow name of Bob Hoover. He was one of Yeager’s main cohorts. A story about the two of them firing up the Bell X1 in its hangar resulting in the destruction of most of the ceiling is one of many humorous aspects.

I was very fortunate to attend the Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In at Oshkosh’ Wittman Field in the 80s and nineties, and because my dad was a WWII bomber pilot as well as my brother being a licensed pilot, we were allowed to wander the entire flightline, a privilege which was eventually reduced to something one could purchase. Hoover performed his aerobatics in his Shrike at more than one year’s event and it was really something to behold. Check out this short vid for some amaze! Then go check out some other youtoobs of his work. It is nothing short of astounding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZBcapxGHjE

Here’s another – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7R7jZmliGc

Sidekick January 4, 2014 at 5:52 pm

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Astoundingly talented aviator.

flashingscotsman January 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

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“Here, hold my coffee. Watch this.”

sa_rose January 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

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Our local VS hospital is named for Audie Murphy. Of course more people know about his heroic actions than the fact he slept every night having nightmares and kept a funniest his pillow. Yes, he has shell shock, or battle fatigue, or PTSD. But no one wanted that part to get out.

Sidekick January 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm

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He drank himself to death. Guy was like 19 when the war ended.

sa_rose January 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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Gun under his pillow. Not funniest. I hate typing on this thing!

Red Robster January 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm

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ty for straightening that out.

poppajoe49 January 4, 2014 at 6:20 am

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They would have heard of the Tuskegee Airmen, but only because of the movie. Maybe Audie Murphy, because their grandparents might have had one of his movies on when they were babysitting. Ask them though what he was famous for besides being in the movies, and they’d be lost.

Dah Bronx January 4, 2014 at 7:11 am

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I was on a bus tour of Arlington Cemetery with my boss before our meeting the following day.

The tour guide stopped in front a simple, ordinary GI headstone, marked “Audie L. Murphy, Texas, etc., etc.. and said “Here lies Audie Murphy, the famous actor”….my boss had to physically restrain me. Some old timers on the tour just shook their heads…I wonder what was going through their minds after hearing that.
http://www.warfoto.com/AudieMurphy.htm

Not far from his grave is the same simple headstone for “PFC Lee Marvin, U.S. Marine Corps”, who fought at the battle of Saipan and was severely wounded there.

Red Robster January 4, 2014 at 7:48 am

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Alvin C. York
The Buffalo Soldiers
Any Texas Ranger. :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZaEkJUKRcA

Dah Bronx January 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

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Agreed….I just picked a few…there are SO many worthy of merit.

Short story….in 3rd grade, when I wanted more comic books, my father threw them all away, made me read the works of Jules Verne [all of them---and I was tested on it by him]. My grandfather bought for $0.05 a little paperback book on some WW2 MOH awardees…these men became my heroes, as well as sparking my interest in history. I became a voracious reader as well.

I despair for the youth of today because of their choice of “heroes” like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, etc…all flash, no substance. But I digress.

Armed and Awesome January 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm

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It takes a REALLY stupid fuck to have miley, or bieber as a hero. Chris Kyle, Matt Axelson, Danny Dietz, and Marcus Luttrell are worth a billion of those shitbirds.

Sidekick January 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm

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Most would ask, who?

Red Robster January 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

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“the works of Jules Verne,” AYE or perhaps i should exclaim OUI!
I’d add this’n to your list. Twas one of the more exciting books i read as a yoot.
http://www.amazon.com/Twenty-One-Balloons-Puffin-Modern-Classics/dp/014240330X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389047554&sr=1-1

flashingscotsman January 4, 2014 at 7:55 am

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I’m right in the middle of a book on my Kindle, “The Men who Killed the Luftwaffe.” It’s a long book, a very detailed story of America’s USAAF in Europe and North Africa in WWII.

You’ll never look at Jimmy Stewart in his movies quite the same after reading the accounts of men that served with him.

Dah Bronx January 4, 2014 at 9:07 am

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Similarly with MANY movie stars of the day:
http://www.wonderfulworldofimages.com/wwii-movie-stars/wwii-movie-stars.html

For some reason, I can’t picture Sean Penn signing up.

poppajoe49 January 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

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I can’t see Sean Penn doing anything but shitting his pants and heading for Canada.

RedRightBlonde January 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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No honey Cuba!

sa_rose January 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

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For the other side maybe.

JustAl January 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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True story, I struck up a conversation with a young man of about 19 who said he loved history and intended to major in history in college.

“Well,” I said,”it’s important to keep hold of the history as those who lived it die every day. I had the pleasure of once working with a fellow who survived the Bataan Deathmarch.”

“What’s that?” was his answer.

poppajoe49 January 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!

sa_rose January 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

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*sigh* shakes head sadly.

Navyvet2 January 7, 2014 at 7:01 am

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I seriously doubt if any college or HS history teacher could tell you who ANY of these people are, much less their students. Having recently graduated from a State University and taking a number of history classes as electives, I can tell you the head of the History department didn’t know jack about history. He was also a hard core commie.

michaelht1 January 4, 2014 at 5:33 am

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truly that generation was the greatest, may he rest in peace and may the followers of MSM and the rest of the controlled media ravel in their utter ignorance of history, wasn’t it the Chinese leader who said “never educate the masses” now we have the Marxist obama who will tell his vacant eyed devotees, what to think, how to vote and what to do.

deepthinker January 4, 2014 at 6:31 am

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A warrior has gone onto his final rest and it is well deserved. To the family, many appreciate his service and sacrifice. You have my deepest sympathy and my utter most respect.

Progressive Hemrrhoid January 4, 2014 at 6:51 am

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Another American hero from when this country still had some balls, passes away. Sadly, we shall never see the likes of them again.

Dah Bronx January 4, 2014 at 9:12 am

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I don’t know about that….

Yes, the general/flag ranks are being forced to be political, but, IMHO, today’s “groundpounders”, “grunts”, “squids”, “swabbies”, NCOs, etc. are as good as they always were, if not better.

poppajoe49 January 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

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SEALS, Para Rescue, Recon/Airborne Rangers, etc.

RedRightBlonde January 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

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I see a gutless ‘objector’ disagreed … SCREW YOU COWARD!

poppajoe49 January 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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Doesn’t bother me, it just tells me that I’m pissing off a libtard.

Sidekick January 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm

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Agreed and don’t forget the greatest generation lived under a president who was despised by conservatives as much as the current WH occupant is.

deepthinker January 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm

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Progressive

We have many brave men and women, sadly we have political commanders who won’t let them do what they’ve trained to do.

Barb R January 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

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Nerves of steel.

RIP

sa_rose January 4, 2014 at 7:31 pm

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Hey Barb. Happy New Year!

PsychoDad January 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

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Amazing story — and not to be a cynic or downer or anything — I couldn’t help but notice the story did mention this but kind of glossed it over — when he flew under the Eiffel Tower, he was following the German who did it FIRST!

Alien January 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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No shortage of raw talent and courage on the German side. Hitler wasted them on much evil and ruin

Sidekick January 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

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The German fighter pilots were very good aviators. Their biggest problem was that there weren’t enough of them and they became harder to replace. Same applied to the U Boat and armor officers and crews.

Hitler wasted a generation of courageous young men from lots of countries.

flashingscotsman January 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

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From what I’m reading in an exhaustive history of the air war, the reason so many of the German pilots got so good is that they didn’t rotate them out after a certain number of missions. Their training was nowhere near as good as our guys, so many of them didn’t last long. If they lasted long enough to learn to fly, they just kept on flying. The Germans just stayed until they died, or were severely injured.

That’s why there were numerous German pilots with over 100 confirmed kills, while the record for American pilots was 28.

Not so silent January 4, 2014 at 11:28 am

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Everyday we loose more of the greatest generation, the sad part is there will soon be no one to tell what really happened and the distorted view of history rewritten by the socialists will be taught in the future. This guy was cool beyond cool…May he rest in peace that he so richly earned. And Thank God for his service and for men like him.

Dah Bronx January 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

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Well, well, well….it actually made the news on WCBS TV, New York….

RedRightBlonde January 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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This is ( sadly ) something our our over-coddled, self absorbed, obnoxiously spoiled brat-ass generation will never know about or understand. ( exempting our military ) To give 125% of yourself, to take risks for anything other then yourself, to be the GREATEST for your country.

poppajoe49 January 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm

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Why would they do something like that when they can emulate Obama instead?

RedRightBlonde January 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm

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UGH

Armed and Awesome January 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

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Seriously though, why are almost all of my heroes frail old men who don’t ask for fame and glory, even though they deserve it? RIP William Overstreet Jr., you were one of humanity’s greatest.

poppajoe49 January 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm

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Because they didn’t look for glory or fame, they just wanted to make the world safe for everyone.

poppajoe49 January 4, 2014 at 7:31 pm

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OK, I just finished watching Memphis Belle on the Military Channel.
What a hell of a movie.
Makes you wonder what the hell happened to Hollyweird between then and now.

flashingscotsman January 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm

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Liberals.

sa_rose January 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm

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The government used to hire them to do propaganda films. After McCarthy, they didn’t much like the government.

poppajoe49 January 5, 2014 at 4:36 am
RedRightBlonde January 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

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I smell the stench of an oppressive government, the same government that has the IRS doing it’s dirty work to stifle the Tea Party. SICKENING!

poppajoe49 January 5, 2014 at 4:54 am
stinkfoot January 5, 2014 at 5:18 am

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…meanwhile violent offenders are getting early release on the premise that the liberals are somehow interested in saving money.

sa_rose January 5, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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Seems to me there should be aline of people coming in to fix this problem. Free, or maybe just the cost of materials. And more fines? If he Can’ t afford the repairs, he can’t pay the fines. Totally wrong.