Captain Don M. Beerbower, 353rd Fighter Squadron, and his P-51,
Criqueville, France Date:1944, July 22 Duration:3 min 3 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. Army Air Forces 354th Fighter Group in Normandy. Ground crew run to pull camouflage from P-51 at advance air strip Criqueville (A-2) in Normandy during World War 2. The P-51 prop turns,engine starts, and it taxis forward. The name "Bonnie B II" is painted on the fuselage, and 17 swastikas are painted below the cockpit. A Mustang is painted on the tail. It's serial number is 43-12375. The aircraft stops. The name, Captain Don M. Beerbower,is painted below the cockpit. He stands up and climbs out of the airplane, wearing his oxygen mask and helmet. Scene shifts to a loudspeaker in a control facility.A soldier is seen talking on the radio in a plexiglassed enclosure. A flight of P-51s approaches the field. They break off and proceed to buzz the field.
(Note concerning Captain Beerbower,of Hill City, Minnesota, seen in this clip. He served as acting Commander of the 353rd Fighter Squadron and was later promoted to Major. He was Commander of the 353rd Fighter Squadron when killed in action, by ground fire while flying his P-51, Bonnie B II, leading an attack on a German airfield near Reims, France, on August 9, 1944. His decorations included: the DSC, Silver Star,DFC (3), Air Medal (26), British DFC, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Citation and Campaign Medals.)
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