Airborne Assault museum book launch tells the
amazing true story of Bing the Parachuting Dog
The Airborne Assaultmuseumat IWM Duxford will be holding a special book launch on Sunday 15 April
from 11amto 1pm to celebrate the publication of the new book The Amazing Adventures of Bing the
This poignant book was written by Gil Boyd BEM, who served with The Parachute Regiment until 1974
and is now a trustee of the Airborne Assault Museum.
The Amazing Adventures of Bing the Parachuting Dog is a true story about the heroism and devotion
displayed by dogs used by The Parachute Regiment during the Second World War. For the first time, this
book reveals the secret story of a wartime PARA dog who dropped with his handler behind enemy lines
and was awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
This delightful children’s book has been written in the voice of Bing, an Alsatian-cross who served with
the 13th Parachute Battalion. It follows his exploits through basic training and then in active service as a
parachuting dog supporting the Sniper Reconnaissance Platoon. Bing was trained to use his highly
specialist skills in locating the enemy and guarding themen he loved and served.
Both Bing and his friend Rob, a Border Collie, went on to receive the highest gallantry award given to
animals, the PDSA Dicken Medal, which is equivalent to the Victoria Cross, for their selfless and heroic
service during D-Day and the Rhine Crossing.
A replica model of Bing the Parachuting Dog is on display in the Airborne Assault Museum.
At the book launch, author Gil Boyd BEM will be signing copies of the book and chatting to visitors.
Also in attendance will be Peg, the dog that Private Conrad Lewis of the 4th Battalion The Parachute
Regiment befriended in Afghanistan last year, just before Conrad was killed by gunshot wounds sustained
during a firefight. Knowing that their son had grown close to Peg, Conrad’s family succeeded in bringing
the dog back to England to live in peace for the rest of his days.
Join us for this very special book launch honouring the remarkable role that animals play in the theatre of
The Amazing Adventures of Bing the Parachuting Dog can be purchased by contacting the Airborne
Assault Museum directly at email@example.com. Please include your full name and postal
address in the email and put Bing Book Order in the subject line of your email.