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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Larne
Town
Carnlough
County
Antrim
Country
Northern Ireland
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
69527
Current location

Opposite Spar Supermarket.
HQ Carnlough Rowing Club
Harbour Road
Carnlough
Larne
Antrim
BT44 0EU
Northern Ireland

OS Grid Ref: NW 44886 73737
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Rectangular black marble tablet with a representation of the Pigeon in the top right-hand corner and the lettering in gold. In the top left-hand corner is engraved the Dickin Medal.
Inscription
DURING WORLD WAR II, PIGEONS WERE USED BY THE FORCES AS MESSAGE CARRIERS./ PADDY WAS ONE OF THIRTY PIGEONS DELIVERD BY RAF HURN TO OPERATIONAL UNITS/ OF THE FIRST US ARMY ON JUNE 8TH 1944. THEY WERE TO BE USED IN CONNECTION/ WITH A SECRET TASK, CODER NAMED "U2". PADDY WAS RELEASED IN NORMANDY AT/ AROUND 8.15AM ON JUNE 12TH, CARRYING CODED INFORMATION ON THE ALLIED ADVANCE. / HE RETURNED TO HIS LOFT IN HAMPSHIRE IN JUST 4 HOURS AND 50 MINUTES. THIS WAS THE/ FASTEST TIME RECORDED BY A MESSAGE-CARRYING PIGEON DURING THE NORMANDY LANDINGS./ FOR HIS SERVICES PADDY WAS AWARDED THE DICKIN MEDAL ON SEPTEMBER 1ST 1944./ HE HAD PREVIOUSLY SERVED AT RAF BALLYKELLY ON AIR-SEA RESCUE MISSIONS./ ANDREW HUGHES JP, OF CARNLOUGH WAS THE PROUD OWNER OF PADDY. HE HANDED OVER/ SEVERAL OF HIS PIGEONS TO BE TRAINED, ALONGS WITH OTHERS, FOR SERVICE WITH THE FORCES./ PADDY LIVED FOR ELEVEN YEARS, AND TO DATE IS THE ONLY IRISH RECIPIENT OF THE/ DICKIN MEDAL, WHICH IS THE ANIMAL EQUIVALENT OF THE VICTORIA CROSS./ LARNE & DISTRICT SOCIETY/ MMIX.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 1
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Name, decorations, owner.
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: depth 20mm, height 510mm, width 690mm
    Materials: Marble - Black
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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