Beurling and Stenborg....

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    Who here knew, that Sgt/Plt Off George F. Beurling RCAF was of Swedish heritage (Swedish father and English mother), I sure didn't until I was going through Spitfire over Malta, yet another one to add to my list....
    He was rather active over Malta with 26 1/3 kills over or around island and 30 1/3 in the war in total, he died shortly after the end of the war...

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    Spitfire Mk.Vc/Trop
    Unit: 249 Sqn, RAF
    Serial: S (BR323)
    Pilot - Sergeant George Beurling. Malta, July 1942. The Canadian ace achieved his very first victories flying this aircraft in two cases: on 6th July, shooting down two MC.202, one Bf.109 and damaging a Cant Z.1007 bomber, and on July 10th, shooting down one MC.202 and one Bf.109. The aircraft would be destroyed two days later, while being flown by another pilot. The camouflage scheme consists of Dark Earth and Dark Mediterranean Blue which has covered all the areas originally painted in Mid Stone. Azure Blue for the lower surfaces. Many a pilot in Malta found the colour of Mid Stone too bright for operations over the sea and decided to hastily repaint their aircraft in this scheme, using field stock colours. The pace of operations over the besieged island did not allow time for the ground crews to paint the squadron's recognition letters on the fuselage sides (in 249's case 'GN'), so the majority of them had only their individual letter painted.


    Also have a strong suspicion about a gentleman by the name of Plt Off G. Stenborg RNZAF with 7 kills over and around Malta, 14 1/3 in total during the war.....one of my classmates in school last surname was Stenborg....

    Time to decide which of their Spitfires to do....as they flew a few different ones.. :D
     
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    Another of Beurling's Spitfires....

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    Spitfire Mk.Vb/Trop
    Unit: 249 Sqn, RAF
    Serial: T-L (EP706)
    Malta, 1942. Pilot Officer G.Beurling flew this aircraft scoring four victories (19th-22nd) - two Bf.109s destroyed on 25th September 1942 plus one damaged, and two again destroyed on 10th October 1942. Typical Mediterranean camouflage scheme of Dark Earth-Mid Stone-Azure Blue. Ahead of the cockpit bears the marks of 20 black crosses representing his number of kills until then -kind of misleading since at least half of them were scored against Italian aircraft. The single letter 'T' stands for 'Tiger', the radio call sign for 249 Squadron.
     
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    His aircraft are on my to do list as well.

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    Be doing one myself....
     
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    Good find Jan.
     
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    And the debate over the colours will continue....
     
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    Much like what this book does, not to be seen as the ultimate book for the Malta Spitfires and their camouflage, but to get the discussion, the debate going....at least, that's what I read somewhere...

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    Well, all this talking, made me invest in these for Zumbach and Beurling, nice and cheap!

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    I'm a big fan of this one...

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    ...as Andy says, a debate of colors and for this I'm thinking a Blue wash over the original camouflage.

    Geo
     
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    Cool video but I think the squadron codes were GN. When the pilots lifted off the carrier, they put the flaps to full down, the wedges fell out and they raised the flaps.

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    #13 Totalize, Mar 21, 2014
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    Jan,

    Nice purchases. I have the Classic Airframes Yankee Spitfire VC Trop/non Trop. I wonder how it compares to the Tamiya VB Trop. I was going to use this one to do one of Beurling's Spits.

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    #14 Lucky13, Mar 21, 2014
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    Source: Brian Cauchi, Malta Spitfire V's -1942: Their Colours and Markings....
     
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    Can find those Tamiya 1/48 Spitfires at decent prices, get one more later for Stenborg....
     
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    Flt Off G. Stenborg,

    BR375/GL-A.. 1 x Bf 109, 15/06/42.
    BR380/GL-R.. 2 x Bf 109, 05/07/42.
    BR321/GL-J.. 1 x Bf 109, 31/07/42.
    BR457/xx-x.. 1 x Bf 109, 17/08/42.
    BR109/C-30.. 2 x Bf 109, 09/07/42.
     
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    Sgt G. F. Beurling,

    BR323/T-S.. 2 x MC202, 1 x Bf 109, 06/07/42.
    BR128/3-W.. 1 x Bf 109 probable, 08/07/42.
    BR323/T-S.. 1 x Bf 109, 1 x MC202, 10/07/42.
    BR565/T-T.. 3 x RE2001, 12/07/42.
    Ep135/T-Z.. 1 x RE2001, 23/07/42.
    BR301/X-X.. 2 x MC202, 2 x Bf 109, 27/07/42.
    BR301/X-X.. 1 x Bf 109, 29/07/42.
    EN973/T-T.. 1 x Bf 109, 08/08/42, crashed, slightly injured.
    EN135/T-Z.. 1 x Ju 88, 13/08/42.
    EP706/T-L.. 3 x Bf 109-2, 25/09/42.
    EP706/T-L.. 2 x Bf 109, 10/10/42.
    BR173/T-L.. 2 x Bf 109, 1 x Ju 88, 13/10/42.
    BR173/T-D.. 1 x Ju 88, 2 x Bf 109, shot down, baled out, wounded, rescued, 14/10/42.

    Not sure about BR301, it was delivered to No. 601 Squadron off USS Wasp as UF-S, 09/05/42..
     
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    His plane is in my wish list as well.
    He got an amazing biography, he sail to UK to get enlisted and he didn't have the papers, he went back to Canada, got the papers and went back to UK, after his arrival he discovered that his hip was sank in its return trip.
    He died after the war during ferrying planes to Israel just after (or before) their independency.
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    BR109 VcT 2638 HPA M46 FF 7-3-42 39MU 9-3-42 47MU 24-3-42 Empire Heath 31-3-42 Takoradi 4-4-42 Malta 8-6-42 185S Shot down by Bf109s in sea off Sicily C3 20-3-43 SOC 21-3-43

    BR321 VcT 2903 EA M46 FF 6-5-42 8MU 6-5-42 47MU 8-5-42 Empire Conrad 10-6-42 Malta 185S 'GL-T' Shot down over Malta 2-8-42 SOC FH74.55

    BR375 VcT 2845 HPA M46 FF 22-4-42 9MU 23-4-42 501S 15-5-42 47MU 7-6-42 Empire Shackleton 12-6-42 Malta 1-8-42 185S NAfrica 1-6-43 Middle East 1-8-44 SOC 9-8-45

    BR380 VcT 2896 HPA M46 FF 4-5-42 6MU 4-5-42 RAF Renfrew 6-5-42 47MU 6-5-42 Empire Conrad 10-6-42 Malta 1-7-42 185S 249S 'GN-N' nea 1-5-43 Italy 1-11-43 Middle East 15-3-45 SOC 27-6-46

    Couldn't find a BR457, I did find a BR475 though, typo, or...?

    BR475 VcT 2982 CHA M46 FF 27-5-42 6MU 29-5-42 82MU 17-6-42 Nigerstown 20-6-42 Takoradi 28-7-42 Middle East 92S 1-8-42 Shot down by Bf109s over Western Desert 2-9-42

    Any idea if Beurling's and Stenborg's Spitfires were equipped with the C type wing, the “universal wing”, clipped or un-clipped?
     
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    My Grandfather was in 137MU in Malta, and worked away from the airfields bringing severely damaged planes to serviceability, or writing them of and cannibalizing them. He worked on EN973 ( he wrote it off 6/9/42) EP706 BR130 EP135 BR565, all of which I believe are associated with Beurling.

    He records great detail about all the work done for each plane, though sometimes it can be hard to decipher the writing. i am happy to post any details if they are of interest. EG BR565 was converted to a VB wing!

    As to the question of colours. What would paint codes look like, as he may have recorded.
     
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