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Malta Spitfire: Diary of a Fighter Ace

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Twenty-five thousand feet above Malta - that is where the Spitfires intercepted the Messerschmitts, Macchis and Reggianes as they swept eastwards in their droves, screening the big Junkers with their bomb loads as they pummeled the island beneath - the most bombed patch of ground in the world.

One of those Spitfire pilots was George Beurling, nicknamed 'Screwball', who in f
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Casemate Publishers (first published 1943)
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Sarah
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The amazing autobiography of the best World War II Canadian pilot.
This was a great historical read and it was very well written by the author (especially since he was not really a writer). It described vividly the hardships that George had to overcome just to be able to fly, not mentioning the hardships in the air. Overall, it was a wonderful book with the author being frank and writing in a very approachable style. I loved the style, facts and the beautiful illustrations!
Chris Tschirhart
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written during the war with Buzz and a co-author. Minor propaganda. However outlines the spirit of the man and gives an in-site into "Screwball Beurling. It is a bitter sweet tail and is a touchstone for anyone interested in Canadian Aviation and WWII aviation.
Donna McCormick
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing

What an amazing gift this js . Some of those 250,000 Maltese that survived this battle and siege were my relatives. I am happy to read 'the rest of the story'. Thanks for making it available!
Bruce Sutherland
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In addition to being an outstanding book about flying, its an excellent review of the Second World War battle for the strategic island of Malta
Laurent
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war
in my opinion the Canadian pilot George Burling is one of the most daring pilots the allies ever saw during ww2
Lonibus
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George Beurling, a W.W.II Canadian ace who shot down 28 Germans and Italians over Malta, tells his story.His enthusiasm for flying and his admiration and respect for his fellow flyers comes through on every page. Excellent!
Jay
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading books about World War II that were written during the war, before anyone was sure how it would end. This is a perfect example.

George Beurling was a Canadian who was obsessed with flying at an early age. He was born in 1921, which made him the perfect age for a combat pilot when World War II broke out. It wasn't as easy as you might think for a Canadian to get to England and join the RAF as a fighter pilot in 1939-40, and Beurling's saga takes up about the first quarter of the book
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Andrew Herbert
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Striking autobiography with writing help. Beurling described his life and career to Leslie Roberts while recovering from a crash near Gibraltar. So the book covers Beurling's efforts to become a pilot, then to get into a shooting war. The 1st person narrative is compelling and reminds us of the recent past, and how different it was.

Beurling is not a braggart, but he was certainly very competent, and knew it. The end notes with short career summaries of all the pilots encountered in the book is
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John
This was a really good book! In the late 30's Beurling got a job at 28 cents per hour so he could afford $10 per hour for flying lessons - now that is dedication. He tried the Chinese, Finnish and Canadian air forces before he was finally accepted by the RAF. The majority of the book takes place at Malta where he and his comrades were often out numbered 10 to 1. The book was written in 1943 so there is a real sense of currentness to it. There is bravado on the pilots part and total disdain for t ...more
Phillip Lloyd
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, How no one has made a movie of this guy I'll never know but they probably should.
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