Gustav (NPS.42.31066)

Biography

Voor the knowers of the movie The Longest Day, there's a funny story in the movie about the pigeon Gustav. In the movie one of the soldiers sends a pigeon to deliver a message to Great-Brittany, this pigeon is based on the story of Gustav. Gustav was the first pigeon who brought a messag from Normandy to Great-Brittany.

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Awarded on: September 1st, 1944
Action:
Citation:
“For delivering the first message from the Normandy Beaches from a ship off the beach-head while serving with the RAF on 6 June 1944.”

Dickin Medal

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