6th Airborne Para Dogs

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  1. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Just to add more confusion

    Famous Dogs in History: Heroic Parachuting Dogs of D-Day
    Bing and two Alsatians named Monty and Ranee were chosen to be trained. These three would number among Britain's parachuting dogs during the war, with Ranee being the only female paradog in the war.

    On D-Day, June 6, 1944, three planes carrying the 13th Battalion headed to France. Each plane held 20 men and one dog .......................

    3 planes - 3 dogs makes sense if true - does anyone know how many planes were used to carry 13th Bn on D Day??

  2. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    How many planes were used to carry the 13th Bn on D-Day?

    22 Albemarle out of RAF Brize Norton, 296 Squadron RAF
    21 Dakotas out of RAF Broadwell, 575 Squadron RAF
    2 Stirlings out of RAF Keevil, 299 Squadron RAF

    The general consensus is that 3 aircraft were carrying 13 Para dogs. I only have two at the moment with an anecdote and report for each to be found in the Woolhouse book.

    CN 8 out of RAF Brize Norton under pilot F/L Scott carried 9 men of C Coy and a dog. It took at least 4 runs over the DZ to clear the aircraft due to one incident after another. The dog, reluctant to jump, and his handler were the last ones out.

    CN 324 out of RAF Broadwell piloted by F/L Bristow carried 17 troops of C Coy and an Alsatian. The dog refused to jump and had to be thrown from aircraft by the jump master.

    I'll scan the relevant passages and footnotes tomorrow. What you end up with is yet another variation on the story.

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  3. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Here are the the reports on two of the aircraft carrying 13 Para dogs from the Woolhouse book.

    Page 94 & 95- 13-Lucky For Some.jpg

    In footnote No.8 Ken Bailey, one of the dog handlers, claims he was on CN 8 piloted by Flight Lieutenant Scott. According to him his dog went missing and another was killed. Footnote No.7 speculates that it may have been Bing that was thrown from CN 324 by W/OP Doug Strake.

    Ken Bailey's account is the most extreme scenario of the many reported so far with one dog missing, one killed and Bing the only dog left. Lt-Col Luard's version is somewhat similar with one dog missing, one wounded and Bing, though slightly wounded by mortar fire, survives.

    Also came across the following interesting encounter on June 9th in "Luard's Own" by Major Ellis "Dixie" Dean:

    "Jack SHARPLES and 8 Platoon were close to the crossroads:

    We were dug in on the right of the road leading to Caen in a little orchard. Back in Larkhill, Private Lloyd Neale of the Platoon had been selected as one of the dog handlers and they were attached to the Platoon for the operation. He was in his slit with a dog and I said to him "That's not your dog" and he replied "No I lost him on the drop, this is one the Germans left behind" (In all probability the missing dog was picked up by the Canadian Battalion in 3 Brigade). A few days later Neale called out "We're going to be shelled, sir". I asked him how he knew, "Because the dog's trembling and he was like this last time" Sure enough, over came the shells, all airburst."

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    German war dogs were picked up in Normandy and Germany. I came across this picture of Fritz on the Australian War Memorial site.

    Fritz - German War Dog 1944.JPG

    The accompanying description is a bit puzzling.

    "England. 1944-08-02
    When a Douglas C47 Dakota aircraft of RAF Transport Command returned from France one of the passengers was a German war dog which was wounded by men of the 6th Air born Division when they stormed Rouville south east of Caen. The dog named Fritz, had apparently been trained to attack anyone with firearms. It was wounded in the leg and taken behind the line where it received first aid treatment from a British Army unit before being flown to England in charge of Parachutist Major J. Varvill. Fritz will be sent to do a course at a British wardogs' school when he recovers from his wound."

    Rouville? Perhaps they meant Ranville. I couldn't find anything on Parachutist Major J. Varvill. Interestingly there was a German war dog named Fritz who was in attendance at the Dickin Medal ceremony for Brian. From the "Brian Identity":

    "The war-dog from Loughborough duly received his DM at the hands of the ex-chief of Coastal Command, Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Bowhill, at the charity’s Mayfair HQ on 26 April 1947 (the picture turns up on the internet, universally captioned ‘Bing’). Also present according to press reports were ‘an enemy cat’ who had survived the crash of a Luftwaffe intruder and ‘been adopted by an English family,’ and Fritz an ‘ex-Nazi dog.’[7]"

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