Japanese army carrier pigeon : Blue Bar cock No.9456

Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Dutch New Guinea, Wakde Island
Accession Number RELAWM30793
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Aluminium, Animal hide, Feathers, Keratin
Maker Unknown
Place made Netherlands East Indies: Dutch New Guinea
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Mounted skin of a Japanese army carrier pigeon, a blue bar cock with an aluminium ring on the left leg impressed with '9456', and with Japanese characters which translate 'South 1943'.

History / Summary

This bird was captured at the Tor River near Wakde Island in the Dutch New Guinea (now Irian Jaya) on 26 May 1944, by 27th United States Command Engineer Battalion. It was sent to the Headquarters 1st Pigeon Section. Photograph 073888 shows the bird in life.