William Overstreet, an American combat aviator in World War II, has died at the age of 92 But one can hope that a deed of his will be remembered long into the age when humans no longer pilot aircraft. During a 1944 dogfight, Overstreet flew his P-51 Mustang beneath the arches of the Eiffel Tower while pursuing a German Messerschmitt.

When he was asked, later, what was around the tower, Overstreet answered, “I’m not sure, I was a little busy.”

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