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Tabby cat who kept superstitious young pilots company on WWII bombing missions honoured for bravery
DailyMail ^ | November 3, 2011 | Stephanie Darrall

Posted on 11/03/2011 1:53:31 PM PDT by algernonpj

A tabby cat who was at the side of superstitious young crews flying on experimental bomb tests above the Atlantic in the Second World War is to be honoured for bravery.

Pyro was kept inside the flight jackets of crew members while flying at altitudes of 20,000ft and even flew on the legendary 'bouncing bomb' tests. ...

But his owner noticed the cat was miserable when left alone so began carrying him in his flying jacket.

He said Pyro earned his wings one winter's day in early 1943 when, at 20,000ft, ice covered the plane his father was flying in.

Pyro stayed in position even after the plane had to make a crash-landing in the sea off the west coast of Scotland, when the pilot was rendered blind by severe frostbite.

Mr Bird spent two weeks in hospital recovering and was later told by doctors the cat had saved his fingers.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cat; hero; kitten; kittyping


As a kitten: Pyro was kept inside the flight jackets of crew members while flying at altitudes of 20,000ft and even flew on the legendary 'bouncing bomb' tests
1 posted on 11/03/2011 1:53:33 PM PDT by algernonpj
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hero WWII kitty ping


2 posted on 11/03/2011 1:59:53 PM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: algernonpj

What a cutie pie, and a cool cat to boot.


3 posted on 11/03/2011 2:00:57 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: algernonpj

4 posted on 11/03/2011 2:11:04 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: algernonpj


Honoured: Pyro the tabby cat (pictured with an unknown woman) will be recognised for bravery after flying on experimental bomb tests in the Second World War
5 posted on 11/03/2011 2:17:55 PM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: algernonpj

Great story algernonpj.


6 posted on 11/03/2011 2:18:05 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today:))
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To: algernonpj; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..
Definitely had some Viking Kitty blood.


7 posted on 11/03/2011 2:21:25 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: algernonpj; Slings and Arrows; Lady Jag

Awesum tabbeh iz awesum.

8 posted on 11/03/2011 2:57:06 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: algernonpj

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW


9 posted on 11/03/2011 3:05:06 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: algernonpj

Tiger blood!

C’mon, it IS a tabby, after all. :)

And of course, those of you who know about my Apple know I have a soft spot for tabbies.


10 posted on 11/03/2011 3:14:54 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I've tried to think like a liberal, but I can't get my head far enough up my behind...)
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To: algernonpj

Made me think of the cat the carpenter had on

Shackeltons attempt to reach the south pole

There are some rare cats that seem to love

I have one that follows me around the farm often


11 posted on 11/03/2011 3:28:39 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL!


12 posted on 11/03/2011 3:59:47 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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Celebrate Jim's Birthday!

Click On The Balloons And Party!

13 posted on 11/03/2011 4:01:30 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: algernonpj

What a great story. So glad you posted it.

Cats are amazing creatures. Their intelligence and loyalty are subtle, so they often get overlooked.


14 posted on 11/03/2011 4:06:17 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Slings and Arrows; All

*All* kitties have Viking Kitty blood!


15 posted on 11/03/2011 4:12:50 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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And for all you naysayers, complainers, and those
who can donate but won't for whatever petty reason,
DON'T DONATE!! PLEASE DON'T DONATE!!
click here to not donate with gusto!

16 posted on 11/03/2011 4:13:54 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Slings and Arrows; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; JulieRNR21

Cats rule!


17 posted on 11/03/2011 4:19:10 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Without a doubt.


18 posted on 11/03/2011 4:20:38 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Clintonfatigued; All

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickin_Medal


19 posted on 11/03/2011 5:12:43 PM PDT by Charlespg
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro
Cat heroes bound and abound.


20 posted on 11/03/2011 5:37:27 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Notice how the Democrat party is all Democratic now)
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To: algernonpj

Pyro was a TRIM Tabby!


21 posted on 11/03/2011 6:31:53 PM PDT by pabianice (")
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To: Lady Jag

Kitteh heros make Happycat happy.


22 posted on 11/03/2011 7:21:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Harold Shea; algernonpj

23 posted on 11/03/2011 7:24:46 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

ALF is right!


24 posted on 11/03/2011 8:08:13 PM PDT by american_ranger
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To: Slings and Arrows

Just in time for both Veterans Day/Rememberence Day in the USA and the UK. :)=^..^=

Cats are ALWAYS very special creatures. When I had lost my power for one week last week, with no heat, the cats in my life kept me warm when I went to sleep at night while under the blankets. They too are heros. :)=^..^=


25 posted on 11/08/2011 4:39:09 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I have since Saturday have gotten my power and heat back. CT.


26 posted on 11/08/2011 4:39:54 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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