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Avian Heroes - by Avi Barzel

Avian Heroes - by Avi Barzel

On December 2, 1943, Winkie, and pigeons named Tyke and White Vision were awarded the first-ever Dickin medals for rescuing an air force crew during World War II. Pictured is Canadian airman and Avro Lancaster radio operator, S. Jess, wireless operator of an Avro Lancaster bomber at Waddington, Lincolnshire, UK, with two pigeon boxes. Homing pigeons served as a means of communication in the event of a crash, ditching or radio failure.

Acrylic on paper and digital media, 2020

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