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Capt Don Beerbower (second from left) of Hill City, Minn., wears the Silver Star just awarded him in France by Lt. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General of the 9th Air force. With the two are Brig. Gen. James W. McCauley (third from left) and Col Robert W Bickell, Commanding Officer of a fighter group.



  • Don Beerbower

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot
    CO 353rd FS 354th FG 9th AF ...

  • Don Beerbower

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander
    Top ace of the 9th AF with 15.5 air and 3 ground kills when KIA Aug. 9, 1944. First US serviceman to be awarded the Silver Star in liberated France. P-51B s/n 43-12375 FT+E "Bonnie B II" crew chief TSgt Leon Panter.

  • George Bickell

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
    CO 354th FG Apr 17, 1944 to Feb 28, 1945 & Apr 13, 1945 to May 31, 1945 CO 355th FS Nov 16, 1942 to Apr 6, 1944 Flight commander 18th PG Hickam Field, TH 1940-42 3.5 air kills

  • Lewis Brereton

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General
    Lewis Hyde Brereton (June 21, 1890 – July 20, 1967) was a military aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the United States Air Force. A 1911 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he began his military career as a United States Army officer...


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