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Old 27-02-2017, 08:51 PM
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Okay, so for a school project I am researching how peregrine falcons were used in WW2. Can anyone give me some basic information besides the fact that their purpose was to intercept messages sent by passenger pigeons?
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Old 27-02-2017, 09:11 PM
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Check out Ronald Stevens Falconer.
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Old 27-02-2017, 10:11 PM
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There was once a programme on BBC Radio 4 (a long time ago, not sure if it is archived anywhere).

It featured an interview with a guy who had spent the whole war flying falcons.

He had to keep a falcon on the wing from dawn til dusk, and, as you say, intercept any carrier pigeons - but only the ones flying south.

If he saw a pigeon flying north he had to immediately call down his bird, as it was a pigeon coming home from France.

Http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ached-leg.html
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Old 27-02-2017, 10:56 PM
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I heard an interview on BBC radio 2 about someone who was clearing airfields during the war with falcons. There was also an article in the cage and aviary birds magazine by Jim Theaker about his national service just after the war clearing airfields after being trained by Ronald Stevens and that one of the falcons that they were using had once belonged to Field Marshall http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/special_r...ies/263333.stmGoering.
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Georing was a very keen falconer, also Gerald Summers while laid up in hospital mentions about a German officer owning a gos in one of his books.
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Old 28-02-2017, 09:08 PM
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Thank you everyone for your replies! I will be sure to use these sources in my project. =)
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Old 28-02-2017, 09:37 PM
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Im fairly sure that in the dime recesses of my memory of a serviceman flying a kestrel thru WW", I seem to remember he may have been taken prisoner and even got an official meat allowance to keep her in good condition. Was the birds name Cresida, no doubt better memories will be more accurate than mine and correct me.
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Im fairly sure that in the dime recesses of my memory of a serviceman flying a kestrel thru WW", I seem to remember he may have been taken prisoner and even got an official meat allowance to keep her in good condition. Was the birds name Cresida, no doubt better memories will be more accurate than mine and correct me.
The book is : The Lure of the Falcon by Gerald Summers.

Yes, it was called Cressida.
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Thank you everyone for your replies! I will be sure to use these sources in my project. =)
If your on fb look up the british archives of falconry ,thats where its all at if you want to know anything about our falconry history,its excellent
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I really hope I put this in the right category...
Okay, so for a school project I am researching how peregrine falcons were used in WW2. Can anyone give me some basic information besides the fact that their purpose was to intercept messages sent by passenger pigeons?
Mad
They were used at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire during WW2. I believe R.Stevens was linked to the activity. If you're in the BFC, one of the recent Calendars has some photographs.
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