'May I say how much I enjoyed this particular title, the story is most
engaging. Also, although I have been proofing military history books for
several years, this one was the first to reduce me to tears! I have found
it extremely moving, and a great pleasure to work on.'
'The dog and his owner, part of a six-man crew, flew more than 30 bombing
missions over occupied Europe and Nazi Germany. Flying with the dog was,
of course, strictly against regulations. Nevertheless, Antis took part in
missions, bringing inspiration to his crew. Twice, he was injured by flak.
Nevertheless, the animal's nature and training saw him behave
As the bombing raids continued, rumours of Antis' existence began to
spread. They were of course denied, even though the dog's story became something
of an open secret. Eventually the truth came out. But rather than being an
embarrassment for the RAF, Antis with Bomber Command became an inspiration
Jan Velinger Radio Prague
After the war, both airman and dog returned to Czechoslovakia, but following
the communist coup in 1948, Bozdech was forced to flee, to avoid persecution,
and he took Antis with him.
'The interdependence of this man and his dog appears again in an account
of their perilous journey to reach the US Zone of Occupation in Germany.
Reliance on Antis' intuition and courage saved Bozdech's life during the
Dr Tony Mansell, Royal Air Force Historical Society
'The author Hamish Ross has used interviews, private papers, archive material
and Bozdech's own writings to craft an inspiring story. It deals with a little
known aspect of the war, the Czechoslovakian contribution to the RAF, and
weaves together the events in Czechoslovakia alongside the moving story of
one man's relationship with a very special animal. The timeless themes of
loyalty, separation, and ultimately, loss, are dealt with in a dignified
and sincere manner without undue sentimentalism. Nonetheless, although Bozdech's
life, and the events in Czechoslovakia, are interesting, the star is most
Sqn Ldr Paul Scott, RAF Spirit of the Air
'He was the most wonderful, staunch, courageous dog and the love between
him and his master is truly awesome. And I defy anybody not to be moved by
'Hamish Ross's narrative brings those timeless themes of loyalty, separation
and loss to exciting, absorbing, poignant life.'
Companions - The Magazine of the PDSA
Antis and Bozdech after a training flight.
Aircrew comrades in arms.