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 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 Seattle Museum of Flight to the list of national museums carrying our books!


Book signings:


  • Paul signs at Bev's Books in Perham on Saturday September 3, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Join us! - bring a friend or youngster interested in stories of the war years.
  • Hold the date - November 11 - Paul will be at Cherry Street Books in Alexandria to sign and talk about his books. Honor our Veterans on this special day.

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 maps