The Dog Who Parachuted Into France 69 Years Ago

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Sixty nine years ago today, Allied forces executed Operation Overlord, where thousands of troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in France during World War II. Its success marked the end for the Nazi’s and helped to bring about the war in Europe’s end less than a year later.

One of the participants in the invasion was Bing, a two-year-old Collie-German Shepherdmix, who parachuted with the British 6th Airborne Division behind enemy lines. Although the dog had trained for the actual jump, he needed a little “encouragement” from a fellow soldier’s boot to actually leap from the plane.

On the ground, Bing provided invaluable assistance to his men. The dog would keep watch while troops were sleeping, and would guide them through occupied territory – if he sensed danger ahead, he would freeze to signal the men. Later, Bing paired with an Army sniper named Jack Walton (pictured), and he was part of the crossing of the Rhine. Bing lived 10 more years after the war in England.

Bing’s story is told in a children’s book, Amazing Adventures of Bing the Parachuting Dog by Gil Boyd.

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