At 22, Flight Lieut. George ("Buzz") Beurling, D.S.O., D.F.C., D.F.M. and bar, was through with fighting Germans. Now he meant to fly for China.
One of World War II's best fighter pilots, Beurling last fortnight asked to resign his commission. The R.C.A.F. approved, explained that this officer "has already done his part in helping to win the war."'
He certainly had. In four desperate months of the Battle of Malta, Buzz shot down 27 German flyers (total score: 32).
Said he: "It's strictly fun. . . . I like to knock the enemy down and the only question that ever flashed across...