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    Just watched a jaw-dropping piece on Antiques Roadshow about the National Pigeon Service (NPS)in ww2. Seems over 250,000 racing pigeons were conscripted in WW2 - some were awarded medals for their service. Apparently every bomber taking off from UK carried two pigeons in boxes in case of problems and radio failure.

    There is an Association researching all this who intend to publish the story in the near future. I'm hooked!

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    yes i watched this too ! pigeons where a great piece of kit during the war . my dad keeps racing pigeons and won loads of trophies with them. i dont like them really but they did play an important role during the war
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    Yes, MW - pesky things are driving me nuts at the moment trying to nest everywhere, but you've got to give them credit for what they did in the war!

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    yes NOS think twice before you act ! take them under your wing ,remove a few roof tiles on your house ect and feed them daily for they did there bit too during the war
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    You need to watch the film 'Valiant' - you will love it..!

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