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Imperial War Museum Duxford - Press Release

Imperial War Museum Duxford - Press Release

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 Parachuting Dog.

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 war.

The Amazing Adventures of Bing the Parachuting Dog can be purchased by contacting the Airborne Assault Museum directly at airborne.enquiries@gmail.com. Please include your full name and postal address in the email and put Bing Book Order in the subject line of your email.

Crowds gather at the book signing. Gil Boyd BEM (centre in blazer) with members of the 3rd Parachute Battalion together with Mr and Mrs Lewis and Peg the dog.
Gil Boyd BEM (centre with Bing the dog toy) flanked by members of the 39-45 Airborne Forces Living History Society. Members of the family of Betty Fetch, the original owner of Bing the Parachuting Dog.
Left to right, Gil Boyd BEM, Major General Sir Peter Downward KVCO, CB, DSO, DFC and Johnny Peters.

All images are copyright IWM.

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