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Maj Don Merril Beerbower
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Birth: Aug. 26, 1921
Davidson
Saskatchewan, Canada
Death: Aug. 9, 1944
Reims, France


Don Beerbower
Major Don Merril Beerbower
1921 - 1944

Date of Birth: August 26, 1921
Place of Birth: Davidson, Saskatchewan, Canada

Residence:
1921 Davidson, Saskatchewan
1921 or 1922 Wadena, Minnesota
1923 Hill City, Minnesota

Education:
Public School Hill City, Minnesota, 1927-1939
Post Secondary Iowa State College (later University), Ames, Iowa
Fall 1940 to Winter 1942 Major: Creamery Operations

Marriage: September 29, 1942 to Elayne Kutcher of rural Hill City, Minnesota

Children:
Bonita Lea "Bonnie" Beerbower Hansen
Dawn Marie Beerbower deceased

Military Service:
January 24, 1942 to August 9, 1944 United States Army Air Force
September 29, 1942 commissioned 2nd/Lt
September 29, 1942 Received pilot rating, Luke Field, Az
January 18, 1943 Assigned to the 353FS, 354th FG
March 19 1943 Promoted to 1st/Lt.
December 1, 1943 first combat mission of 354th FG
January 5, 1944 First aerial victory, Messerschmitt 110, (1)
January 15, 1944 promoted to Captain
February 20, 1944 Achieved Ace status, Messerschmitt 109, (5)
June 30, 1944 Named Commanding Officer 353rd FS
July 7, 1944 Last aerial victory, Focke-Wolf 190, (15.5 total)
August 8, 1944 promoted to Major

Major Decorations/Awards: Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross (3)
Air Medal (26)
Purple Heart
Distinguished Unit Citation
British Distinguished Flying Cross

Date of Death: August 9, 1944
Place of Death: German airdrome three miles north of Reims, France

Inducted to the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2000 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Clarence W Beerbower (1895 - 1968)
  Josie F Beerbower (1896 - 1992)
 
 Spouse:
  Elayne Adelyn Kutcher Beerbower (1921 - 2010)
 
 Children:
  Dawn Marie Beerbower (1943 - 1943)*
 
 Sibling:
  Lavaun Hankerson (1918 - 1997)*
  Don Merril Beerbower (1921 - 1944)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Entered the Service from Minnesota.
 
Burial:
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Epinal
Departement des Vosges
Lorraine, France
 
Maintained by: Peggy Harris
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56371114
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