One More Pass
August 9th, 1944, Maj. Don Beerbower in his P-51 Mustang “Bonnie B II” (named after his daughter).
After making his first strafing run on the German airfield in Reims France, Maj. Beerbower would
circle around for a second pass to take out flak batteries to try and clear the way for the second wave
of attacking planes. During the second pass he was shot down and killed. He was 22 years old.
At the time of his death Maj. Beerbower was the commander of the 353rd Fighter Squadron
and the highest scoring ace of the 9th Air Force.