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
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 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.
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.
To reserve your hard back copy in the first instance, email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
ASSOCIATED LINKS TO THE STORY ON THE RECOVERY OF PEG FROM AFGHANISTAN: