Mary of Exeter was a carrier pigeon who flew many military missions with the National Pigeon Service during World War II, transporting important messages across the English Channel back to her loft in Exeter, England. She was awarded the Dickin Medal in November 1945 for showing endurance on war service despite being injured on three occasions (she was attacked by a German war hawk, shot and hit by shrapnel) and emerging uninjured when her loft was bombed. She died in 1950.
Eyes of war
In WW2 the British used about 250,000 Homing Pigeons to carry messages, 32 were given the Dickin Medal, the highest possible decoration for animal valor
Defeated German soldier in front of burning Reichstag, Berlin, 1945 - Mark Redkin [700 x 953]
Defeated German soldier in front of burning Reichstag, Berlin, 1945 - Mark Redkin
Style ist, wenn man in Shorts auf einem Zebra sitzt – steht in dem Bildband Tomboy über Frauen, die gern Männerkleider tragen (Rizzoli Verlag) (c) The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, William Claxton – Demont Photo Management, Noa Azoulay-Sclatter