World Battlefronts: Bulwark of Christendom

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A shattered Axis plane fell out of the clear sky, spun a trail of smoke and plummeted into the Mediterranean. Away swooped its killer, Pilot Frederick George Beurling, of Canada. The name of the Axis pilot was not recorded. But he had this distinction: he was the 1,000th to fly to his fall over Malta.

The defenders of Malta chalked up his number last week as they fought off the latest all-out Axis onslaught. For five days swarms of Axis planes had swept over from neighboring Sicily, only 60 miles away....

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