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Edward Kingsbury Simpson Jr


Simpson was on a fighter sweep mission when his element was jumped by a number of German fighters. In the running dogfight that ensued, his P-51D (41-13712 "Reluctant Rebel") collided with Lt. Don Feron in another P-51. Simpson bailed out and avoided capture with the help of local Maquis members. However, four days later (14 Aug 1944) he was killed by German soldiers while serving a rear guard action to allow some 200+ Maquis freedom fighters to flee to the Allied Lines.



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    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 357th Fighter Group
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Units served with

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

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Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) France 10 August 1944
Lived in East Orange, NJ, USA

Hometown during the 1940s


Date Contributor Update
10 August 2017 21:09:24 WD-C Mustang Changes to events and person associations

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15 March 2017 12:20:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 7778 ;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2016 18:05:08 millebr Changes to biography

corrected aircraft name

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2016 18:00:32 millebr Changes to biography

corrected aircraft s/n

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2016 17:59:01 millebr Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography and awards

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial;

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:31 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 7778 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database