FIGHTER PILOTS OF THE NINTH AIR FORCE IN FRANCE ARE DECORATED

From the July 11, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

A NINTH AIR FORCE ADVANCED HQ, France, July 10–Sixteen fighter pilots were awarded 15 DFCs and one Silver Star by Lt. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, Ninth Air Force commander, here recently.

Recipients of the DFC were:

Lt. Col. Frank. S. Perego, Canandaigua, N.Y.; Majs. Henry R. Quimbu, Kansas City, Mo.; Paul P. Douglas, Paragould, Ark.; John D. W. Haesler, Loup City, Neb.; and Robert J. Brooks, Little Rock, Ark.; Capts. Thomas N. Montag, West Bend, Iowa; Wallace N. Emmer, St. Louis, Mo.; Maurice G. Long, Los Angeles, and Robert E. Goodnight, Twin Falls, Iowa; 1/Lts. William Y. Anderson, Chicago; Carl G. Bickel, Alhanbra, Cal.; Charles W. Koenig, Oakland, Cal.; David B. O’Hara, Pittsburgh; Thomas F. Miller, Portland, Ore., and Robert D. Welden, Lewiston, Mont.

The Silver Star was awarded to Capt. Don M. Beerbower, of Hill City, Minn.

ninth air force p51 mustang normandy

‘ Fools Paradise IV’ a P51D Mustang of the 380th Fighter Squadron, 363rd Fighter Group, while stationed in Normandy.

For Further Reading Check Out:

9th Air Force: American Tactical Aviation in the ETO, 1942-1945


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