10 Animals Who Won The Dickin Medal For Their Bravery And Awesomeness
The Dickin Medal was established by Maria Dickin in 1943, also known as the animals Victoria Cross awarded to all animals who had fought like heros for the British Empire during the Second World War.It was recently re-started after the September 11 attacks. The list of all the awardees can be found right here! We bring to you some of the best ones!
Winkie was awarded the Dickin Medal in March 1943 rescuing a stranded aircrew in the North Sea.Winkie flew to the rescue mission to Broughty Ferry, where her owner alerted the nearby airbase, and a search and rescue was formed. In the span of fifteen minutes, the Royal Air Force had determined where the crew was and they all survived.
Paddy, an Irish carrier pigeon, received the Dickin Medal for being the first pigeon to return to England with news of the D-Day’s invasion’s success. Out of hundreds of other birds dispatched, he flew 230 miles in just four hours and fifty minutes, faster than any of his cohort. He’s also the only animal in Ireland to receive the medal. Read up more here!
#3. Jet of Iada
Jet, an Alsatian from Liverpool, rescued fifty people and assisted in the rescue of 150 others trapped under charred buildings during World War 2. He was awarded the Dickin Medal on 12 January 1945 as well as the Medallion of Valor for his efforts working with the Civil Defence Services of London.
A mixed-breed terrier, Rip received the Dickin Medal in 1945 for bravery, saving the lives of over 100 people. He was the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals’s (PDSA) first search and rescue dog, and the first of twelve Dickin winners who were buried at their cemetery in Ilford, Essex.
Beauty, a Wirehaired terrier, was awarded the Dickin Medal on 12 January 1945 for “being the pioneer dog in locating buried air-raid victims while serving with a PDSA Rescue Squad.” Not only that, but she saved 63 animals, too. (Image via.)
This pigeon received the award on 1st September 1944. He brought the first message of war from the Normandy Beaches.This picture shows Gustav receiving his medal from Maria Dickin herself. He brought messages with pride and valor.
Thorn was an German Shepherd. Thorn located air-raid casualties in a burning building; served with the Civil Defence Service KAHN* Khan, a German Shepherd, was lent to the War Office by the Railton family from Tolworth, Surrey in the summer of 1942. He was awarded the medal on 2nd March 1945 . He had simply been their family pet. Considered a “star pupil” by officers at the War Dog Training School, he went on to be assigned to the sixth battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Corporal James Muldoon became his handler. In November 1944, the battalion was part of the Allied force sent to attack the island of Walcheren in the Netherlands, as part of the Battle of the Scheldt.
A Collie, assisted in the rescue of four American airmen lost on the Cheviot Hills in a blizzard after a crash in December 1944. She received the Medal on 2nd July 1945.
Olga, the horse controlled traffic and assisted rescue operations following a flying bomb explosion in Tooting; served with the police. He received his medal on 11th April 1947.
Simon killed many rats and was awarded the medal in 1949. HMS Amethyst‘s ship’s cat, awarded for the disposal of many rats despite injury.He was covered in a newspaper article and served to be a great hero!