• Malta Spitfire

  • The Diary of a Fighter Pilot
  • By: George Beurling
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

25,000 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 14 flying days destroyed 27 German and Italian aircraft and damaged many more. Hailing originally from Canada, after hard training and combat across the Channel, Beurling finally made it to Malta in the summer of 1942. Malta Spitfire tells his story and that of the gallant Spitfire squadron, 249, which day after day climbed to the top of the hill to meet the enemy against overwhelming odds.

The listener has almost the sensation of being in the cockpit with him, climbing to meet the planes driving in from Sicily, diving down through the fighter screen at the bombers, dodging the bullets coming out of the sun, or whipping up under the belly of an Me for a deflection shot at the engine. This is war without sentiment or romance, told in terms of human courage, skill and heroism. A classic, first published in 1943.

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Gripping and Informative

Really interesting story. A straight from the hip account of a fighter pilot from Canada in the RAF.

The narrative style can be difficult to follow as it switches between first person and third person with no change in narration style. Narration is pretty good but the heavy accent may take some getting used to.

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great book. well and properly narrated. loved it

this book is actually very good
very well narrated
recommend it to all interested in WW II aviation history

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  • scrappy coco
  • 01-08-21

Simply Superb

Brilliant biography well narrated. Malta often overlooked. a great insight. Burlingham hell of a pilot and what a story.

reccomend.

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  • Brett Hinsley
  • 07-31-20

Great book 5 stars

Great book 5 stars, wow this is a true story Malta was one of the heaviest Hey attacked islands in the med captivated by the true story of a man determined to stop the nazis air, force well read this is a book in my library I will listen to again and again

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  • Dale
  • 05-14-19

Outstanding.

Beurling's book contains the youth and excitement of the author. One feels the action and affection for his comrades and the population under siege. I think it a must read.

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  • Floyd Paulos
  • 06-03-22

I couldn't continue after 3 chapters.

The narration is so annoying I couldn't continue.He is not 'reading' as much as voice acting in character, like one reads stories to small children.im 55 not 5 yrs old.Drove me nuts.