June 25, 2013 - Along with an awesome collection of World War II aircraft, the Texas Flying Legends Museum will bring a number of WWII veterans to AirVenture in a C-53 transport. Here is the sixth in our series of profiles of those veterans, P-51 pilot Bill "Tiger" Lyons.
Bill "Tiger" Lyons flew the P-51 Mustang with the 355th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force in the European Theatre. Bill flew 63 missions - mostly long-range, daylight escorts protecting B-17 and B-24 bombers over Germany.
He is credited with three aerial victories and among his honors are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, two Presidential Unit Citations and five battle stars to European Theatre ribbon.