The Dog Who Could Fly

The Dog Who Could Fly

The Incredible True Story of A WWII Airman and the Four-legged Hero Who Flew at His Side

Book - 2014
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"The true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II, joined in flight missions, and survived everything from crash-landings to parachute bailouts--ultimately saving the life of his owner and dearest friend. In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey that would turn them into lifelong friends. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled Nazi forces. The other was a different kind of lost soul--a Czech airman bound for the Royal Air Force and the country that he would come to call home. Airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across the tiny German shepherd--whom he named Ant--after being shot down on a daring mission over enemy lines. Unable to desert his charge, Robert hid Ant inside his jacket as he escaped. In the months that followed the pair would save each other's lives countless times as they flew together with Bomber Command. And though Ant was eventually grounded due to injury, he refused to abandon his duty, waiting patiently beside the runway for his master's return from every sortie, and refusing food and sleep until they were reunited. By the end of the war Robert and Ant had become British war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the 'Animal VC'"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781476739144
Characteristics: xiv, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: 940.544941 LEW


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Oct 26, 2019

Absolutely loved this book. An amazing story of the bond between man and dog. Honestly, this is the best book ever. So heartwarming, it has the power to bring tears to your eyes.

Apr 17, 2019

Lingering questions like what happened to first UK girlfriend Pam & Robert's wife & son he left behind in then Communist Czechoslovakia.

Dec 11, 2018

My husband loved this book. He is a dog lover so the story was fantastic due to it being true.

Jun 07, 2017

I think that in the begin I was wondering what will happen? the cover shows the person and dog so I know they made it out.

Jul 12, 2016

True story that's heart warming. Informative regarding WWII air war as well as the human/canine connection. Ordered for my WWII Army Air Corps Dad. Enjoyed by both of us. 👍

Jul 23, 2015

Wonderful tale and well told. Couldn't stop reading, and so heart warming.

The preface about this man's family is also a lovely memorial to this man, his courage and his dog.

caj1222204441801 Feb 18, 2015

What an awesome book! couldn't put it down. it makes you appreciate everything that was given to you. start it and you will not put it down.

Dec 29, 2014

Great read for dog lovers, and a good true WWII story involving the Czech RAF pilots. I read the book in one sitting as I loved the story and I love dogs. Though the style was dry, and the narrative consisted mostly of the list of events, the book's redemption was in richness of the story material.

Dec 22, 2014

This is an excellent read by Damien Lewis - and a very interesting life history of a foreign flyer who fights his way over to Britian to fight the Nazis with a stray he picks up in Germany.
Made me interested in the other books by this author, including Judy The Unforgettable Story of the Dog Who Went to War and Became a True Hero...


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Jul 12, 2016

If he can do it, so can I.

Jul 12, 2016

What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.


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