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- Freddy Dyke
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- 23 October 2003
The National Pigeon service and
'Winston'had promised to 'Fight on the beaches and in the streets and never surrender and he was now determined to carry the fight to occupied countries.Men and women would be trained and Parachuted into enemy territory now
occupied by the 'Jerries'and send'INFO'back to
London.IT was this type of action that the Special Section Army pigeon service was used to
allow our agents to transmit much needed and vital locations of enemy secret weapons so that we could take any necessary steps to counter them.
But there was another series of important 'OPS'
that our birds were involved in and that was the act of saving human life.At this stage I will only
refer to one particular act when the Pigeon named
'White Vision'was responsible for saving 11 members of the crew of a RAF Flying Boat that had to ditch in the sea of the Hebrides. At about 8.20am one morning in Oct.1943 the call sign went
out that the plane had ditched in the sea but bad weather hindered rescue operations and the search called off,the thick mist made location impossible
After some delay the bird was released and at about 5pm that afternoon the bird arrived at her loft with a message giving the position of the stricken plane.The search was now resumed and the entire crew was rescued,now 'White Vision'had flown over 60 miles of rough seas against a head wind of 25 mph and visibility of some 100yds when she was released,and only a 300yrd visibility when she arrived.For this noble effort the bird was awarded the animal VC [the Dicken Medal]and of a total of 55 awards to animals in war, 32 of these awards were won by our Pigeons.I give more details of the valiant and life saving efforts of
our birds in the book of 'MEMOIRS of a Wartime Teenager' I have just written and I hope to get it published shortly.
In memory of our birds that we owe so much to in
saving of human life the 'Animals in War Memorial'
which when completed and erected in Park Lane in
LONDON next year, will help to enlighten members of the general public to the wonderful efforts our birds played in helping our country to defeat
the 'Jerries' and the 'Japs' in the greatest danger our country faced in 1939-45.
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