The amazing true story of a Czech airman and his Alsatian puppy who braved the dangers of World War Two together.
On February 12, 1940, Jan Bozdech and his fellow crew were shot down above no-man’s-land between the Maginot and Siegfried defence lines in northern France.
They made their way to a deserted farmhouse and it was here that Jan first met a four-month old orphaned puppy who would stay by his side for the rest of the war.
In their journey across Europe, Jan and his dog, named Antis, would never waver in their mutual loyalty and devotion. After the fall of France they would flee to Britain and join the RAF, flying numerous bombing missions over occupied Europe and Nazi Germany while evading enemy flak and fighter planes.
For Antis’ services during the conflict he received the Dickin Medal, commonly known as the animal VC, from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals for bravery during the Second World War.