"Spitfire Domain" - George Beurling - Spitfire IX
Signed by Richard Beurling - Brother of George Beurling
George Beurling was Canadas highest scoring ace of WWII and one
of the top scoring Allied aces of the war. He was known for taking independent
action in combat, but was certainly one of the finest pilots and marksmen
of the time and a true Canadian hero. In this scene he is depicted just
as he delivers the final burst that sent his FW190 opponent to the waves
below. This was his 31st victory. He would go on to score one more for
a total of 32. In this scene he is shown swooping out of formation after
seeing the enemy fighter in his mirror, and without telling his comrades!
As his formation flew on, oblivious to his actions, he proceeded to
shoot down the opponent and return to formation with none of his flight
mates realizing it. Later, on landing, George casually mentioned the
victory to everyones disbelief. Gun camera footage later proved
his story to be true!
is shown here in the colors of RCAF 403 Squadron in his personal Spitfire
In this image it
is easy to see how the Spitfire got its name. Armed with four .303
machine guns and two powerful 20mm cannon, it could deliver a devastating
blast of firepower upon its enemies. The Spitfire Mark IX was considered
to be one of the finest Marks by many as it achieved a very
high power-to-weight ratio while maintaining superb handling. The Rolls-Royce
Merlin engine powered the Spitfire IX and was quit possibly one of the
greatest piston engines ever developed. A huge liquid cooled V12 displacing
1647ci (27L) with advanced materials and 4 valves per cylinder it was
supercharged to over 32psi of boost and inter-cooled. It produced some
1,700 horsepower at 3000 rpm. This was enough to propel the Spitfire
IX to 403 mph at 27,400 feet and provide an astounding rate of climb
and sustained turning ability. It had a service ceiling of 41,000 feet.
The Spitfire will always be remembered as a pilots airplane and
have a special place in many aviation enthusiasts hearts.
Special 8x10 Certificates Include signature of Richard Beurling - Brother of George Beurling! Also includes never before released picture of George Beurling Signed by George during his service.
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