Jewish Squadron Commander of a Group of B-24 Liberators Awared 11 Decorations

Lt. Col. Howard F. Beir, 27, Army Air Forces, of Buffalo, N.Y., has received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, six Oakleaf Clusters, and a Presidential Unit Citation with one Oakleaf Cluster, for heroism as a Liberator pilot and as squadron commander of a group of B-24 Liberators, the Jewish Welfare Board reported today.

He has flown a total of fifty-eight missions over enemy territory in the European area, and was leader of a number of high-level hombing raids on the oil fields of Roumania. During the course of the war in Europe, Beir has made forty parachute jumps.

Capt. Morris Miller, 22, Army Air Forces, of San Bernardino, Cal., holds the Distinguished Flying Cross and Oakleaf Cluster, and the Air Medal with three Oakleaf Clusters, for heroism as pilot of a Liberator bomber in the South Pacific, the J. W. B. also reports. He took part in the engagements at Midway, Marshall, the Gilberts and the Carolines. His group made the first land-based bombing attacks on Ponape and Truck.

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