George Beurling

George Beurling

Wwii Ace
Born Dec 6, 1921
Hometown Verdun
Died May 20, 1948
Death Place Rome
Other Names "Buzz"

George Frederick "Buzz" Beurling DSO, DFC, DFM & Bar, RCAF, was the most successful Canadian fighter pilot of the Second World War. Beurling was recognised as "Canada's most famous hero of Second World War", as "The Falcon of Malta" and the "Knight of Malta", having shot down 27 Axis aircraft in just 14 days over the besieged Mediterranean island. Before the war ended his total climbed to either 31 or 31⅓.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on December 6, 1921.


1933 11 Years Old Born in Verdun (now part of Montreal), Quebec, Beurling first took the controls of an aircraft in 1933 and was flying solo by 1938. … Read More
1940 18 Years Old In September 1940, after he had survived the return trip, the RAF accepted him as a pilot.
1941 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Having survived one or two aerial misdemeanours, he reached the Operational Training Unit at RAF Hawarden in September 1941. … Read More


…  On 6 July 1942, with other pilots from 249, he attacked a formation of three Cant Z1007bis, 14 Reggiane Re.2001s and more than two dozen Macchi MC.202s. … Read More
He was promoted to war substantive Flying Officer (on probation) on 30 January 1943. … Read More
1944 22 Years Old Beurling returned to Canada in April 1944. … Read More
1945 23 Years Old Beurling's marriage ended in March 1945, but he was not formally divorced. … Read More
1948 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1948, he was recruited to fly P-51 Mustangs for the Israeli Air Force. … Read More
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