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Don M. Beerbower


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.


Units served with

  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 353rd Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...


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Date Contributor Update
10 August 2016 06:42:56 fugari Changes to service number

Jack Cook

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2016 06:39:25 fugari Changes to media associations

Jack Cook

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2016 06:36:52 fugari Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and place associations

Darrell Beerbower