This brick outside the WWII museum caught my eye. I decided to think about Eddie Simpson. I didn’t think I’d ever learn, but a few moments on the life of a forgotten serviceman, a faceless name, couldn’t hurt.
I took a picture of the name, thought about it as I walked to the car, thought about him, Eddie Simpson, as I drove home. “There had to have been more than one Edward Simpson,” I thought.
I googled the exact quote from the brick and found that a man, WIlliam Overstreet, who, in 1944, flew under the arches of the Eiffel tower to shoot down a German plane had died in December, 2013. William Overstreet. WBO.
A few google searches with both names lead me to Eddie Simpson’s story. After walking away from the crash of his P-51 Mustang, Simpson died to save the lives of French Resistance fighters; men and women he barely knew and with whom he could not converse.
Read: The Stars and Stripes account of Eddie Simpson’s last day.
I remember Eddie Simpson.
1953 Alvis TC21 Saloon
Daimler Majestic Major Limousine ( DR450 ) (1966)
Douglas Fairbanks and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Lee Patterson (left) and his friend Delwin Jackson left their homes in Laredo, Grundy County, Missouri to find work in Wyoming in 1929. They were both eventually employed by a Mr. Armstrong to “break broncs.”
Constance Bennett with her new husband Gilbert Roland, in 1941
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William Haines and Joan Crawford, 1920s
William “Billy” Haines
AC Two Litre Saloon (1953)
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