Bing para dog

He led troops on to the D-Day battlefields and saved hundreds of lives at the pivotal Rhine Crossing in 1945.

Written from Bing’s point-of-view, the book recounts how he dropped to earth with invading soldiers before going ahead to warn of hidden perils.

Bing the para dog

Mr Boyd, 59, a former Parachute Regiment soldier, said: ‘Bing and sniper Jack Walton would courageously go in first and make sure the area was safe.

‘Bing had an incredible ability to sense danger – he led some 700 men but if something ahead was wrong he would stop and remain utterly still to alert them.’ The book follows Bing from the outbreak of war, when he was given to the Army as rationing meant his owner could no longer afford to keep him.

When his ability to sniff out trouble was recognised, he was trained to jump out of planes and went on to witness some of history’s most crucial moments

Illustration of Bing

During the D-Day landings, Bing would keep watch while his men slept. After the war, he returned to his owner in Essex – and his peacetime name of Brian – before dying of natural causes in 1955, aged 13. In 1947, he was awarded the PDSA Dicken Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

‘I felt this was a story that needed to be told,’ said Mr Boyd. Proceeds from sales of Amazing Adventures Of Bing The Parachuting Dog, will go to charities.

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