The Canadian Friend

The letter sent by the “Haganah” organization to George’s father after he was killed along with his response Major General Ido Nehushtan, Commander of the Israeli Air Force, sent out a personal condolence letter to the family of fallen Canadian Combat pilot George “Buzz” F. Beurling, in honor of his annual memorial. Flight Lieutenant Beurling was on his way to assist the IAF when he died

George “Buzz” Frederick Beurling was born in Montreal in December, 1921. He started flying at 14, but was rejected from the Canadian Air Force in claims that he hasn’t accumulated enough flight knowledge.

But when World War II broke and the Royal British Air Force was in desperate need of brave, talented pilots. They agreed to draft George. George became a “Supermarine Spitfire” pilot and the Canadian with the highest number of kills.

After the war and shortly before Israel’s pending independence, Beurling decided he wants to help the little country become independent, even though he was not a Jew but from a religious Christian family.

On his flight from Italy to Israel for his first IAF mission, Beurling’s plane caught fire and tragically crashed in Rome’s Airport.
60 years after George “Buzz” Beurling’s burial in Israel, the IAF was able to renew ties with his family and invite them for a visit. Commander of the IAF, Major General Ido Nehushtan, honors him in a letter below:


The Canadian Friend