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All Alone (pigeon)

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Other name(s)  NURP.39.SDS.39
Sex  Hen
Occupation  War Pigeon
Species  Pigeon
Nation from  British
Awards  Dickin Medal
Employer  National Pigeon Service


All Alone (NURP.39.SDS.39) was a war pigeon who was decorated for bravery in service during the Second World War for delivering an important secret message in one day over a distance of 400 miles, while serving with the National Pigeon Service in August, 1943.

Mission

In the summer of 1943, All Alone, a blue hen, parachuted with a spy into Vienne, France. The agent learned important information about the Milice, a secret paramilitary group to conduct assassinations, round up Jews for deportation, and to attack the French resistance. All Alone carried this information more than four hundred miles, across the English Channel, back to her home in Staines, England in less than twenty-four hours. The speed of her flight and the urgency of its success earned All Alone a Dickin Medal, an award known as the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, "...for Gallantry and Devotion to Duty" in 1946.

References

All Alone (pigeon) Wikipedia


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