Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dog's War Medal Fetches Pounds 25,000

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dog's War Medal Fetches Pounds 25,000

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Byline: By Robert Brooks

A bravery medal awarded to a Northumberland sheepdog for saving lives during the Second World War fetched over pounds 25,000 at auction yesterday.

Collie Sheila earned the PDSA Dickin Medal ( the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross ( when she helped her master John Dagg rescue US airmen from the wreckage of their crashed plane.

Paul Wood, of specialist auctioneers Morton and Eden, which sold the medal yesterday in London, said: "It's a lovely tale with a great deal of interest, and the buyer lives in the North-East of England."

Mr Dagg heard the B19 Flying Fortress come down after it ran into a snowstorm over the Cheviots in December 1944 on its way back from an aborted bombing raid.

Battling against the blizzard, the shepherd set out for Brayden Crags, meeting up with another younger shepherd, Frank Moscrop, on the way.

By the time the two men arrived at the scene of the crash Sheila had already sniffed out four of the aircrew ( pilot Lt George Kyle, and Sgts Howard Delaney, George Smith and Joel Berly ( huddling in a crevice nearby. …

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