Bing the ParaDog

 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, serving with the 13th Parachute Battalion. It follows his exploits through basic training and  jumping into action as a parachuting dog supporting the Sniper Reconnaissance Platoon. Bing was trained to use his specialist skills in locating the enemy and guarding the men he loved and served.

He and his friend Rob, a border Collie, went on to receive the highest Gallantry award given to animals: the PDSA Dicken Medal, equivalent to  the Victoria Cross, for their selfless, heroic and brave service during D-Day and the Rhine Crossing.

Also at the book launch will be ‘Peg’, the dog that Private Conrad Lewis of the 4PARA fell in love with, and became his best friend in Afghanistan last year, just before Conrad was killed from gunshot wounds sustained during a firefight.

His family knew of Conrad’s love for this dog and brought him home to the family in England to live in peace for the rest of his days.

How to order the book:

To reserve your hard back copy in the first instance, email: airborne.enquiries@gmail.com 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 be dispatched from 15th April – the official launch date.

THE AUTHOR

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  carried out a series of dare devil stunts in the early 80s for Great Ormond Street Childrens’ hospital where his son was rushed for life saving surgery when he was born.  Tom, now fully recovered, serves in the Parachute Regiment. The stunts included parascending under ten London bridges, abseiling the Telecom Tower, and conducting death slides from London Bridge and across the River Thames, all  World Records at the time. Gil went on to become a Patron of the Friends of the Childrens Hospice at Milton in Cambridge.

Gil has designed much innovative equipment, including the wrist worn microwave downlink viewing images transmitted by Police helicopters to officers on the ground. For this he received BBC TV’s Tomorrows World Inventor of the Year Award in 2000.

Following the Hungerford Massacre, he also designed a  miniature microwave camera system used by search dogs where video footage was transmitted safely  from within a stronghold,. This won Gil a Home Office Award from the Home Secretary.

It was this close work with dogs that helped Gil develop a reasonable understanding of their ability to support humans, and made it possible for him to write this book through the eyes of the dogs.