More on (George "Buzz") Beurling.George `Buzz' Beurling, Canada's leading air ace of the Second World War, has finally got the recognition he so richly deserved but forever was denied by a stuffy RCAF RCAF
Royal Canadian Air Force
RCAF n abbr (= Royal Canadian Air Force) → kanadische Luftwaffe f brass.
Ironically, Beurling's due came not from Canadians, but because of the distinguished patronage of an American woman, Countess Vivian Crespi, of New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of and Vevey, Switzerland. Countess Crespi donated at year's end a bronze bust of Beurling to the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa.
Christopher Terry, director-general of the museum, said the imposing bust was a valuable addition to the museum's holdings. Richard Beurling, the ace's youngest brother, spoke lovingly of his famous brother, portraying him as painted by the press of the 1940s.
The Canadian air force brass despised the maverick pilot, denying him all honours from Canada. Beurling's decorations - the Distinguished Service Order, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and Distinguished Flying Medal The Distinguished Flying Medal was (until 1993) a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) and the other services, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for "an act or acts of valour, and Bar - were all awarded by the Royal Air Force.
Countess Crespi and Beurling were intimate friends after Beurling left the RCAF where he had transferred from the RAF. "I was appalled that Canada never recognized this incredible flyer and courageous patriot," said Countess Crespi when asked to explain her generous donation.
The bust, by New York sculptor Alexandra E. Whitney, has been placed in front of the museum's restored Spitfire Spitfire
or Supermarine Spitfire
British fighter aircraft in World War II. A low-wing monoplane first flown in 1936, it was adopted by the RAF in 1938. , the kind of plane Beurling flew to fame over Europe and in the skies about Malta.
Beurling was killed in 1948 in a mysterious plane crash in Rome, Italy, on his way to Palestine to fly with the newly independent state of Israel. He was just 26 years-old.