Malta Spitfire – The Diary of a Fighter Pilot

1-85367-487-7
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  • Exciting eyewitness action in the skies over Malta
  • The experiences of a young Canadian pilot
  • The tactics and techniques of a fighter ace.

In the summer of 1945, twenty-five thousand feet above Malta, RAF Spitfires fought combat after bitter combat with clouds of German and Italian bombers and fighters. One of those Spitfire pilots was the Canadian George Beurling who, in fourteen flying days, destroyed twenty-seven Axis aircrafft, damaged eight others and probaly destroyed three more. Malta Spitfire tells Beurling’s remarkables story and that of the outnumbered but dogged Spitfires which, day after day, climbed into the skies to defend the most bombed patch of land in the world.

George Beurling was posted to Malta in 1942 and soon earned a tremendous reputation as a single0minded and determined pilot. He was gifted, prompting a superior to remark that ‘he was a wonderful pilot; and an even better shot’.

Malta Spitfire is a fighter pilot’s story, as senn through the eys of an extraordinary lying ace in his cockpit. The gripping narrative places the reader virtually at the controls of the plane, climbing to meet marauding Germans, diving down against bombers or dodging Italian fighters. This is aerial warfare in the words of one of its best exponents and tale of skill and bravery in the face of tremendous odds.

 George Beurling was born in Monreal and joined the RAF in 1940, at the age of nineteen. After a series of sweeps over northern France, Beurling was posted to Malta. He returns to Canada in November 1942, and was finally accepted by the RCAF the following year. After the war, he became a volonteer pilot for the new State of Israel, but was tragically killed in an aircrash in 1948. Leslie Roberts, Beurling’s collaborator on the book, described himself as a ‘flier-turned-writer’ and was working as a journalist when he was introduced to his co-writer Christopher Shores, who contributes new material to this edition, is the author of many books on aviation.

  • Exciting eyewitness action in the skies over Malta
  • The experiences of a young Canadian pilot
  • The tactics and techniques of a fighter ace.

In the summer of 1945, twenty-five thousand feet above Malta, RAF Spitfires fought combat after bitter combat with clouds of German and Italian bombers and fighters. One of those Spitfire pilots was the Canadian George Beurling who, in fourteen flying days, destroyed twenty-seven Axis aircrafft, damaged eight others and probaly destroyed three more. Malta Spitfire tells Beurling’s remarkables story and that of the outnumbered but dogged Spitfires which, day after day, climbed into the skies to defend the most bombed patch of land in the world.

George Beurling was posted to Malta in 1942 and soon earned a tremendous reputation as a single0minded and determined pilot. He was gifted, prompting a superior to remark that ‘he was a wonderful pilot; and an even better shot’.

Malta Spitfire is a fighter pilot’s story, as senn through the eys of an extraordinary lying ace in his cockpit. The gripping narrative places the reader virtually at the controls of the plane, climbing to meet marauding Germans, diving down against bombers or dodging Italian fighters. This is aerial warfare in the words of one of its best exponents and tale of skill and bravery in the face of tremendous odds.

 George Beurling was born in Monreal and joined the RAF in 1940, at the age of nineteen. After a series of sweeps over northern France, Beurling was posted to Malta. He returns to Canada in November 1942, and was finally accepted by the RCAF the following year. After the war, he became a volonteer pilot for the new State of Israel, but was tragically killed in an aircrash in 1948. Leslie Roberts, Beurling’s collaborator on the book, described himself as a ‘flier-turned-writer’ and was working as a journalist when he was introduced to his co-writer Christopher Shores, who contributes new material to this edition, is the author of many books on aviation.

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Weight 348.0000 g
Dimensions 21 x 14.8 cm
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Pages 240
ISBN 1-85367-487-7
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