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Rear Admiral Edwin C. Parsons or Ted Parsons born Holyoke Massachusetts 24 September 1892 died 2 May 1968 was a former pilot, French Foreign Legionnaire, Hollywood aviation technical advisor, FBI Special Agent, and author.


Edwin Charles Parsons
24 September 1892 – 2 May 1968
Nickname Ted
Place of birth Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA
Place of death Sarasota, Florida, USA
Section 30, Lot 1698 LH Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Aviation; navy
Years of service 1915 - 1918; World War II
Unit Escadrille 124, Escadrille 3
Awards French Medaille Militaire and Croix de Guerre; Belgian Order of Leopold II and Croix de Guerre

An experienced pilot when the war began, Edwin Charles Parsons went to France at the end of 1915. He served with the United States Ambulance service before enlisting in the French Foreign Legion. In 1916, he became a pilot in the French Air Service and was assigned to N124 in January 1917 where he flew with the famed Lafayette Escadrille. He was credited with one victory and flew many times as Raoul Lufbery's wingman.

He later elected to stay in the French air service instead of transferring to the USAS. He was assigned to the French squadron SPA3 in 1918 where he was credited with an additional 7 victories for a total of 8 victories confirmed.

When the war ended, Parsons returned to the United States and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent from 1920-1923[1] but left to form his own unsuccessful private detective agency.[2]

Parson was employed as an aviation advisor for several Hollywood movies. As a naval officer during World War II, he was an instructor at Pensacola Naval Air Station and took part in the Solomon Islands campaign, ending the war as a Rear Admiral. He died at 75 in 1968, the last of the Lafayette Escadrille flying aces.[3]

Parsons also wrote the classic book I Flew For the Lafayette Escadrille, also known as The Great Adventure.


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