The Dog Who Could Fly

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

Lewis, Damien

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Dog Who Could Fly
"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
ISBN: 1476739145
Branch Call Number: 940.5449 BOZDE LEWIS
Characteristics: xiv, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes: Originally published as: War dog. London : Sphere, 2013


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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
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • kupaa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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...

Aug 06, 2014
  • Mitzi352 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful book about one man's devotion to a stray pup and what he went through to keep the dog with him throughout his enlistment. Amazing.


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