Capt. Don M. Beerbower, Hill City, Minnesota, the leading 9th AF Ace who was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, sits in the cockpit of his North American P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber plane at a 9th AF base somewhere in France.Note the 17 Swastikas painted on the side of the aircraft.

Capt. Don M. Beerbower, Hill City, Minnesota, the leading 9th AF Ace who was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, sits in the cockpit of his North American P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber plane at a 9th AF base somewhere in France.Note the 17 Swastikas painted on the side of the aircraft.

U.S. Air Force Archives Photo

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