On This Day…
On the 19th September 1944 pigeon’s actions result in gallantry medal
On 19 September 1944 the pigeon William of Orange carried a despatch back to the UK from the Battle of Arnhem to the UK. He covered the 260 miles in 4 hours and 35 minutes. He was awarded the Dickin Medal – the animal VC – for his outstanding achievement.
Before Arnhem the signals staff had warned the planners that the ranges required and terrain involved meant that communications would be seriously compromised, but their advice was not taken. Unfortunately they were to be proved correct. Twenty-seven members of the Corps died in Op Market Garden.