by Paul M. Sailer
Chairman Tom Schellinger, a retired Northwest 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
I Had a Comrade and The Oranges are Sweet
Welcome to the website for I Had a Comrade: Stories about the bravery, comradeship, and commitment of individual participants in the Second World Warand The Oranges are Sweet: Major Don M. Beerbower and the 353rd Fighter Squadron - November 1942 to August 1944.
We are happy to welcome the National Museum of the United States Air Force (USAF) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, as our newest national museum store. For those interested in aviation history, the USAF Museum sponsors the largest selection of military aircraft in the country. In April the museum will host Richard E. Cole at the 75th anniversary of the famous Doolittle Raid. Dick is the last surviving member of the mission. He wrote the foreword to I Had a Comrade.
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