Bing The Parachuting Dog

As previously mentioned, Gil Boyd one of our long time members has recently written the above book.  Below is the official release information.

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF BING THE PARACHUTING DOG - A TRUE STORY

BY

GIL BOYD BEM

this exclusive book launch will be held on Sunday the 15th of April 2012 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in aid of The Afghanistan Trust and the Airborne Assault Museum at Duxford.
The secret story of a wartime PARA Dog who dropped with his handler behind enemy lines, and was awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross has been revealed for the very first time.

The Afghanistan Trust charity was set up to support those soldiers from The Parachute Regiment and Special Forces returning home wounded from active service and also to support their families for years to come.
 
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF BING THE PARACHUTING DOG – A TRUE STORY

The Amazing Adventures of Bing the Parachuting Dog is a true story about the heroism and devotion of dogs used by The Parachute Regiment during the Second World War.

This children’s book has been written through the eyes of one such dog called Bing an Alsatian cross, whilst serving with the 13th Parachute Battalion, and follows his exploits through his basic training and then his jumping into action as a Parachuting dog supporting the Sniper Reconnaissance Platoon. Bing was trained to use his highly specialist skills in locating the enemy and guarding the men he loved and served.

He and his friend Rob, a border Collie, went on to receive the highest Gallantry award given to animals which is the PDSA Dicken Medal, the equivalent to the human award of the Victoria Cross for their selfless, heroic and brave service during D-DAY and the RHINE CROSSING.

Also at the book launch will be "PEG", the dog that Private Conrad Lewis of the 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment fell in love with, and became his best friend in Afghanistan last year, just before Conrad was killed from a gunshot wound sustained during a fire fight.

His family knew of the love Conrad had for this dog and decided to embark on bringing him home to the family in England to live in peace for the rest of his days. The family have also gone on to raise money for The Afghanistan Trust by setting a target of £353,000, with 353 being the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan with Conrad being the 353rd casualty at the time.



 


 

 

 

 

 

 


How to order the book:

To reserve your hard back copy in the first instance, email: airborne.enquiries@gmail.com with your full name and postal address headed BING BOOK ORDER

Then send a cheque made payable to the "Airborne Assault Trading Limited" for £16.45 (£13.95 plus £2.50 P&P) to the Airborne Assault Museum, Building 213, The Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR. Your book will then be dispatched from the 15th of April 2012 the official launch date.

THE AUTHOR

Gil Boyd B.E.M served in the Second Battalion The Parachute Regiment until 1974, then joined the Police service where he served for 30 years retiring in 2004 as the Prinicipal Technical Officer within the Serious & Organised Crime Department.
Gil Boyd is no stranger to fundraising. He carried out a series of dare devil stunts in the early eighties for Great Ormond Street Childrens hospital where his son was rushed from Cambridge Maternity Hospital for life saving surgery when he was born. His son Tom, fully recovered now serves in the Parachute Regiment. The stunts included Parascending under ten London bridges, abseiling the Telecom Tower, and conducting a death slide from the top of London Bridge and also another across the River Thames, all of which were World Records at the time.

Gil went on to become a Patron of the Friends of the Childrens Hospice at Milton in Cambridge with Dame Norma Major.
Gil has designed many innovative pieces of equipment whilst he served in the Police, including the wrist worn microwave downlink viewing images transmitted by Police helicopters to officers on the ground. For this work he received the coveted BBC Televisions Tomorrows World "Inventor of the Year Award in 2000".
 
Another such design was the miniature microwave camera system used by search dogs where the video footage was transmitted safely out to an operator from within a stronghold, following the Hungerford Massacre, this design won Gil a Home Office Award from the Home Secretary.

It was this close work with dogs that helped Gil develop a reasonable understanding of their ability to support humans, and made it possible for him to write this book through the eyes of the dogs.
In his spare time now, Gil is a Trustee of the Airborne
Assault Museum at Duxford.


ASSOCIATED LINKS TO THE STORY ON THE RECOVERY OF PEG FROM AFGHANISTAN:
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/our_boys/3971125/Our-son-died-on-battlefield-now-weve-brought-his-best-friend-home.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/15990370

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