Attila the Pun
Monday, March 29, 2004
No way for a war hero to die

The Royal Air Force pigeon which delivered the first news of Allied success from the Normandy beaches on D-Day is to be recognised as the greatest pigeon to have served its country.

Gripping stuff:

"During his mission, Gustav was reportedly buffeted by a headwind of up to 48km/h and his view of the Sun - his primary means of navigation - was obscured by heavy cloud"

Why didnt they use a radio?

And then, the crushing finale:

"Despite dodging gunfire and foul weather during the war, Gustav found peacetime more perilous and met an end when his breeder stepped on him while mucking out his loft. "

Reports of a film version being made have not been confirmed...

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