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jensenpark
05-28-2005, 11:42 AM
Hey fellow Canadians...

for those interested...in today's National Post insert - Saturday Night - there is a two page spread on when Buzz Beurling went home in 1942 and met with the PM.

Not much, but at least something...

BuzzU
05-28-2005, 12:56 PM
Catchy name..Buzz.

jensenpark
05-28-2005, 02:12 PM
yup...certainly catchier than his other nickname: "screwball"

BuzzU
05-28-2005, 03:28 PM
They called him screwball?

bird_brain
05-28-2005, 03:34 PM
Yep, "Screwball". He wouldn't stay in formation and ran off on his own to blast the dastardly enemy by himself. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif
He also liked to shoot his pistol at lizards running across the stone walls on Malta to practice his deflection shooting. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif They say he hit them most of the time.
He didn't play very well with his classmates and the traits that made him a great pilot were not quite so beneficial to his social life. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

BuzzU
05-28-2005, 09:34 PM
Ahhhh a rebel. I like him.

VW-IceFire
05-28-2005, 10:19 PM
Ahh yes...wasn't this the guy that was known for his amazing deflection shooting...to the point where he'd make a few shots and pretty much kill whatever he was shooting at but from 70 and 90 degree angles?

jensenpark
05-28-2005, 10:31 PM
yup...probably the Allied equivelent of Marseilles from what I've read...

Chivas
05-28-2005, 10:57 PM
He had amazing eyesight and could count the number of aircraft in enemy formations long before anyone else was aware of them.

whatboards
05-28-2005, 11:19 PM
I AM CANADIAN MYSELF. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.whatboards.com

jensenpark
05-29-2005, 11:00 AM
Originally posted by whatboards:
I AM CANADIAN MYSELF. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.whatboards.com

Where from friend?

altstiff
05-29-2005, 02:12 PM
And it was this trait that had him sent off to Malta as well (the fact he never fit well into the "regiment" style of the armed forces).

They say he died in 1949 piloting a B-25 in Italy. He was on his way to fight for Israel.

He was of Swedish decent for those that wanted to know.

I asked a few uncles and my dad (who were born during the war) and none knew who he was. But my uncle who fought in the war knew exactly who he was. Funny how not many Canadians know who he is. I nominated him for the CBC "greatest Canadian" contest, he never made the list.

I'm from Toronto BTW

gkll
05-30-2005, 12:00 AM
I read Screwballs book, pretty good BTW. Most libraries prob have a copy.

I've been trying to find out more about Bert Houle, a Canuck who fought in the Med. I read his interview in a book "Spitfire the Canadians" by a guy called Bracken, anyway Houle may have been another Marseille as well.

Anybody have any sources on Bert Houle would be appreciated.

Edmonton area Alberta here.

jensenpark
05-30-2005, 08:55 AM
Originally posted by gkll:
I read Screwballs book, pretty good BTW. Most libraries prob have a copy.

I've been trying to find out more about Bert Houle, a Canuck who fought in the Med. I read his interview in a book "Spitfire the Canadians" by a guy called Bracken, anyway Houle may have been another Marseille as well.

Anybody have any sources on Bert Houle would be appreciated.

Edmonton area Alberta here.

Maybe one of Arthur Bishop's books? (son of Billy).
He has written/published tons on Canadian flyers...
Used to live in Edmonton - fun city - first son and my dog were born there. In Victoria now...

goshikisen
05-30-2005, 10:21 AM
The CBC has a brief radio interview with Beurling in their archives. Sounds a bit scripted but interesting none the less.

http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-71-177-990-11/that_was_the...ct_war/buzz_beurling (http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-71-177-990-11/that_was_then/conflict_war/buzz_beurling)

gkll
05-31-2005, 01:38 AM
http://acesofww2.com/Canada/aces/houle.htm

http://www.spitcrazy.com/aviation_books_2.htm

Stuff on Bert Houle. I guess I didn't expect a google to get any stuff, but there is more than this for sure. First one is a nice synopsis of his career. The second link has a book written about him. Had no idea.

Huckebein_UK
05-31-2005, 04:42 AM
Beurling was also a bit of a, shall we say, 'intense' fighter pilot. I'm pretty sure I remember reading that he shot at least one GErman pilot in his parachute, and he didn't even attempt to save an Italian pilot who 'chuted onto Malta from the locals, who of course killed him. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif