Wednesday Hero: Maj. Don Beerbower

gpcox:

This is one post from Jacqui Murray’s Wednesday Hero collection. I sincerely hope you will join us in honoring Major Don Beerbower of the 9th U.S. Air Force. Thank you.

Originally posted on USNA or Bust!:

Maj. Don Beerbower Maj. Don Beerbower
U.S. Air Force 22 years old from Hill City, Minnesota
353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force
August 26, 1921 – August 9, 1944

A fighter pilot who has brought down five or more enemy aircraft was called a flying ace. From December 1943 to Aug. 9, 1944, Beerbower became a triple ace, shooting down more than 15 German planes, making him the second highest ace in the 9th Air Force.

Due to pilot losses and Beerbower’s own advancements based on flying and leadership skills, Beerbower was promoted to major and made squadron commander in June 1944 — less than nine months after his arrival in Europe. At only 22 years old, he already was a great fighter pilot, respected and liked by the men in his squadron.

You can read more about Maj. Beerbower here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on March 23, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. A triple ace – and so young too.

    It’s right that their names are not forgotten – ever!

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  2. Thanks for reposting this, GP. You have quite a following–I got a flood of visitors to my website on this young man. Very fun.

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  3. Always amazing to hear how quickly these boys became men and leaders of men. At 22 I paled by comparison. Thanks againg for bringing these stories out of the attic.

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  4. Thank you for sharing hero Maj. Beerbower with us.

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  5. What an amazing man. So sad that he ‘bought it’ on that mission after seeming so invincible, but his action in directing fire to himself probably saved a number of those with him.
    One would wish that he had left a son to be proud of such a distinguished father.

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