Title: "Berlin Express Arrives in Paris" - Bill Overstreet in his P51C Mustang the "Berlin Express" chases an ME109G under the Eiffel Tower - Spring of 1944
Signed on plate by Bill Overstreet - 363rd Fighter SQD. - 357th Fighter Group
When you have Bill Overstreet on your tail, not even a daring maneuver such as flying right under the Eiffel tower is going to save you, as this ME109 pilot discovered the hard way. In the spring of 1944, Bill Overstreet of the famous 357th FG was hot on the tail of a German ME109G. The pilot of the 109 flew right over Paris where German anti-aircraft artillery was heavy, probably in hopes they would solve his problem by eliminating Bill and his P51C named the “Berlin Express”. Bill persisted through intense flak closing the gap with the enemy fighter. Already hit in the engine, as a last resort the ME109 pilot aimed his aircraft toward the imposing Eiffel tower and in a breathtaking maneuver flew right under it. Even this was not enough to shake Bill as he followed right behind scoring several more hits in the process. The German ME109 crashed moments later and Bill escaped the heavy flak around Paris by flying low and full throttle over the river.
Here is the encounter described in Bill's own words:
"I had followed this 109 from the bombers when most of the German fighters left. We had a running dogfight and I got some hits about 1500 feet, He then led me over Paris where Many guns were aimed at me. As soon as he was disabled, I ducked down just over the river (smaller target for the Germans). Followed the river until I was away from Paris." - Bill
When asked what was around the tower at the time, Bill said, “I'm not sure, I was a little busy.” Quite understandable!
Many thanks to Bill Overstreet for his help on this project and the kind of story pilots dream of – Len Krenzler Edition Information:
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From Blair Fulton II:
Since I learned of Capt. Bill Overstreet through my father, 2nd Lt. Blair Fulton (deceased) I have been amazed by Bill's feats as a pilot in WWII. Bill (Roanoke VA's only WWII ace) flew with Bud Anderson, O'Bee O'brien, and Chuck Yeager.
The newest painting "Berlin Express" by Len Krenzler is by far the most "alive" painting I have in my collection. The "Berlin Express" depicts Capt. Overstreet chasing an ME109 under the Eiffel tower.
The colors on my canvas print are bright and bold. The longer you look at it the more detail you are able to perceive and the more you are drawn into it, until you believe you are experiencing the action live. This piece will be the cornserstone of my collection unless Len does one of Bill flying a German jet back to England after being shot down then rescued by the French Maquis who provided Bill with the jet.
Great work Len and a must have for one's collection!
Blair F. Fulton IIVinton, VA