I Had a Comrade and The Oranges are Sweet

by Paul M. Sailer

​​​Chairman Tom Schellinger, a retired Northwest Orient Airlines captain, said of Sailer’s  book about Minnesota’s highest scoring fighter pilot in World War II, “The Oranges are Sweet is a wonderful reliving of the life of Major Don M. Beerbower. . . . ​It goes far beyond the combat aspect of the war and delves into the human aspect of just what goes into making a true patriot.”

Paul Sailer named 2012 Writer of the Year by the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

Welcome to the website for author Paul Sailer's books: I Had a Comrade: Stories about the bravery, comradeship, and commitment of individual participants in the Second World War  and The Oranges are Sweet: Major Don M. Beerbower and the 353rd Fighter Squadron - November 1942 to August 1944.

Special Announcements

We are happy to welcome the USS Hornet Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Alameda, California, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, as our newest national museum stores. 

With Christmas fast approaching, we are gearing up for orders from customers that want to give a gift of I Had a Comrade and/or The Oranges are Sweet to a friend or family member. The books are double-wrapped, autographed and mailed at no cost to the purchaser. History is not dull when it contains engaging, in-depth, true stories about the fascinating young people of the war years. Certainly there is something we can learn from them. Order early!

Book Clubs: See the About Us tab for details on special rates. 


Book Quality

We think you will appreciate the quality workmanship and materials that have gone into I Had a Comrade and The Oranges are Sweet.

  • Dust Jacket - Embossed lettering with rich colors and original artwork
  • Hardcover - Gold foil imprint and 100% natural cotton Arrestox B cloth
  • Paper - over 400 pages of coated paper for precise imagery
  • Binding - Smythe sewn for maximum durability
  • Imagery - Over 200 color and b/w photographs, illustrations, and images spaced throughout the books
  • Maps - Eleven full color, detailed maps