Flying Tiger Line
Pilots Association

Wilfred “Willy” D. Parsons

In Memoriam

October 3, 1927 - January 1, 2018

Willy Parsons was hired as a Flight Engineer for Flying Tigers on June 4, 1956.

The following was received from Willy's daughter, Jimetta:

Willy as a military photographer in 1945

I wanted to let you know that my father Willy (Wilfred Dale Parsons) flew west January 1, 2018.  He was strong and healthy, no disease, his body just wore out!  He was surrounded by myself, his wife Hazel, his son Wayne (777 pilot for United) and all his family.  He has many amazing memories of working with Flying Tigers, he truly lived 5 lives with all the adventures he had.  He was a fabulous husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He passed away at 90 years of age, and 61 years of a healthy marriage.

Willy & Hazel during the 50th Wedding Anniversary

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