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Wilson V. "Bill" Edwards (SMS 703)

Born in California in 1918, Edwards grw up in Arizona and by the age of sixteen took his first solos flight. During World War II, he signed up with the Royal AIr Force (RAF) and was sent to England to fly against the Nazi Luftwaffe before America joined the Allies. He joined the 4th Fighter Group once America entered the war. While flying a mission near the French and German border in 1944, his plane was forced down and Edwards spent the remainder of World War II as a prisoner of war primarily in the German-run Stalag Luft III camp. After the war, he had a number of command and leadership positions, both in the United States and abroad. After twenty-six years, Lt Col Edwards retired from the Air Force in 1968. He spend more than ten years as a defense contractor before returning to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he taught as a flight instructor for twenty-five years. In 2001 he was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Hall of Fame as part of the RAF Eagle Squadron contingent. As a member and eventually president of the Eagle Squadron Association, he was responsible for choosing the Air Force Academy as the Eagle Squadron Association's official archive for its logbooks, papers, and photographs before he passed away in 2009.


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