Dindigul Racing Pigeon Association

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 Today, pigeon racing is a sport for the whole family in a highly social environment. It combines animal husbandry with the natural desire for competition. Pigeon Races have brought this popular sport into the 21st Century. Working alongside traditional timing systems and home lofts, these enhancements increase the scope and appeal of the sport for the modern pigeon fancier flying in the India and internationally.

 The main aim of this site is to honor and spread the sport of  racing pigeon  of which very little is known amoung most of us.

Pigeon  racing in India are kept and raced from a very long time known to man . pigeon racing is one of the finest and surprising sport ever found by man.

 

 

 

 

 

Pigeons In War
 

At the outbreak of World War 2 thousands of Britain’s pigeon fanciers gave their pigeons to the war effort to act as message carriers.  During the period of the war nearly a quarter of a million birds were used by the army, the RAF and the Civil Defence Services including the police, the fire service, Home Guard and even Bletchley Park.  Pigeon racing was stopped and birds of prey along the coasts of Britain were culled so that British pigeons could arrive home unhindered by these predators.  There were tight controls on the keeping of pigeons and even rationing for pigeon corn.

Homing pigeons were used not only in Western Europe by British forces but also by American, Canadian, and German forces in other parts of the world during the war – Italy, Greece, North Africa, India and the Middle and Far East.  One pigeon, GI Joe, saved the lives of thousands of British troops who were preparing to take an Italian town after the US Air Force had bombarded the Germans. However, the British forces found no resistance from the Germans and so entered the town unchallenged.  Unfortunately the USAF were already en route to bomb the town and with radio contact broken  GI Joe fly over a mile a minute (60 mph) back to the base.  He arrived back just in time for the air raid to be called off before the USAF would have bombed our troops.  

All RAF bombers and reconnaissance aircraft carried pigeons and, if the aircraft had to ditch, the plane’s co-ordinates were sent back with the pigeon to its RAF base and a search and rescue operation was effected.  Thousands of servicemen’s lives were saved by these heroic birds that flew often in extreme circumstances.  

During World War II homing pigeons were seconded into the National Pigeon Service from Britain’s fanciers including one from the Royal Lofts. In fact one pigeon, Royal Blue, was the first pigeon to bring a message from a force-landed aircraft on the continent.  On the 10th October 1940 this young bird was released in Holland.  He flew 120 miles in 4 hours 10 minutes reporting the information regarding the situation of the crew.  After the war, the Dickin Medal was instituted.  Commonly known as the Animal VC, it was awarded to 53 animals including 32 homing pigeons including Royal Blue.

Pigeons carried their messages either in special message containers on their legs or small pouches looped over their backs.

 Quite often pigeons were dropped by parachute in containers to Resistance workers in France, Belgium and Holland.  This was often quite precarious as it was a bumpy landing and very dangerous for the Resistance workers if they were caught with a British pigeon.

 Aircrew carried their pigeons in special watertight baskets and containers, in case the aircraft had to ditch into the sea.

 Pigeon lofts were built at RAF and army bases but the mobile lofts had to be constructed so that they could move easily over land.

The Dickin Medal was awarded for any animal displaying conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during World War II and its aftermath. Of the 53 Dickin Medals presented, 32 went to pigeons.

                                                         The Dickin Medal Awarded To Animals For Gallantry

 The founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, Mrs Maria Dickin, instituted the award, popularly referred to as the ‘Animal VC’, and was made only upon official recommendation and was exclusive to the animal kingdom.

One of the most famous pigeons was called ‘White Vision’.  It received its Dickin Medal for “delivering a message under exceptionally difficult conditions and so contributing to the rescue of an air crew while serving with the RAF in October 1943”.  This hardly tells the story!  A Catalina flying boat had to ditch in the Hebrides at 0820 hrs one morning.  Sea rescue operations were hindered by very bad weather and air search was impossible because of thick mist.  At 1700 hrs that afternoon White Vision arrived at her loft with a message giving the position of the ditched aircraft and as a result the search was resumed, the aircraft sighted and rescue of the crew effected.  White Vision had flown 60 miles over heavy seas against a headwind of 25 miles per hour with visibility only a hundred yards at the place of release and three hundred yards at the place of arrival. 

Pigeons In War
 

At the outbreak of World War 2 thousands of Britain’s pigeon fanciers gave their pigeons to the war effort to act as message carriers.  During the period of the war nearly a quarter of a million birds were used by the army, the RAF and the Civil Defence Services including the police, the fire service, Home Guard and even Bletchley Park.  Pigeon racing was stopped and birds of prey along the coasts of Britain were culled so that British pigeons could arrive home unhindered by these predators.  There were tight controls on the keeping of pigeons and even rationing for pigeon corn.

Homing pigeons were used not only in Western Europe by British forces but also by American, Canadian, and German forces in other parts of the world during the war – Italy, Greece, North Africa, India and the Middle and Far East.  One pigeon, GI Joe, saved the lives of thousands of British troops who were preparing to take an Italian town after the US Air Force had bombarded the Germans. However, the British forces found no resistance from the Germans and so entered the town unchallenged.  Unfortunately the USAF were already en route to bomb the town and with radio contact broken  GI Joe fly over a mile a minute (60 mph) back to the base.  He arrived back just in time for the air raid to be called off before the USAF would have bombed our troops.  

All RAF bombers and reconnaissance aircraft carried pigeons and, if the aircraft had to ditch, the plane’s co-ordinates were sent back with the pigeon to its RAF base and a search and rescue operation was effected.  Thousands of servicemen’s lives were saved by these heroic birds that flew often in extreme circumstances.  

During World War II homing pigeons were seconded into the National Pigeon Service from Britain’s fanciers including one from the Royal Lofts. In fact one pigeon, Royal Blue, was the first pigeon to bring a message from a force-landed aircraft on the continent.  On the 10th October 1940 this young bird was released in Holland.  He flew 120 miles in 4 hours 10 minutes reporting the information regarding the situation of the crew.  After the war, the Dickin Medal was instituted.  Commonly known as the Animal VC, it was awarded to 53 animals including 32 homing pigeons including Royal Blue.

Pigeons carried their messages either in special message containers on their legs or small pouches looped over their backs.

 Quite often pigeons were dropped by parachute in containers to Resistance workers in France, Belgium and Holland.  This was often quite precarious as it was a bumpy landing and very dangerous for the Resistance workers if they were caught with a British pigeon.

 Aircrew carried their pigeons in special watertight baskets and containers, in case the aircraft had to ditch into the sea.

 Pigeon lofts were built at RAF and army bases but the mobile lofts had to be constructed so that they could move easily over land.

The Dickin Medal was awarded for any animal displaying conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during World War II and its aftermath. Of the 53 Dickin Medals presented, 32 went to pigeons.

                                                         The Dickin Medal Awarded To Animals For Gallantry

 The founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, Mrs Maria Dickin, instituted the award, popularly referred to as the ‘Animal VC’, and was made only upon official recommendation and was exclusive to the animal kingdom.

One of the most famous pigeons was called ‘White Vision’.  It received its Dickin Medal for “delivering a message under exceptionally difficult conditions and so contributing to the rescue of an air crew while serving with the RAF in October 1943”.  This hardly tells the story!  A Catalina flying boat had to ditch in the Hebrides at 0820 hrs one morning.  Sea rescue operations were hindered by very bad weather and air search was impossible because of thick mist.  At 1700 hrs that afternoon White Vision arrived at her loft with a message giving the position of the ditched aircraft and as a result the search was resumed, the aircraft sighted and rescue of the crew effected.  White Vision had flown 60 miles over heavy seas against a headwind of 25 miles per hour with visibility only a hundred yards at the place of release and three hundred yards at the place of arrival. 

Pigeons In War
 

At the outbreak of World War 2 thousands of Britain’s pigeon fanciers gave their pigeons to the war effort to act as message carriers.  During the period of the war nearly a quarter of a million birds were used by the army, the RAF and the Civil Defence Services including the police, the fire service, Home Guard and even Bletchley Park.  Pigeon racing was stopped and birds of prey along the coasts of Britain were culled so that British pigeons could arrive home unhindered by these predators.  There were tight controls on the keeping of pigeons and even rationing for pigeon corn.

Pigeons In War
 

At the outbreak of World War 2 thousands of Britain’s pigeon fanciers gave their pigeons to the war effort to act as message carriers.  During the period of the war nearly a quarter of a million birds were used by the army, the RAF and the Civil Defence Services including the police, the fire service, Home Guard and even Bletchley Park.  Pigeon racing was stopped and birds of prey along the coasts of Britain were culled so that British pigeons could arrive home unhindered by these predators.  There were tight controls on the keeping of pigeons and even rationing for pigeon corn.

our members 

 

Mr.P.Gowri shankar 

Mr.

Mr.M.Lenin

Mr.M.Raja mohamed

Medical consultant  : DR.Venkareshwaralu .MVSC 

 

Friend's clubs

        SALEM RACING PIGEON ASSOCIATION ( SRPA ) 

   PEARL CITY RACING PIGEON CLUB ( PCRPC )

        TRICHY RACING PIGEON CLUB ( TRPC )

        MADURAI RACING PIGEON CLUB ( MRPC )

        RAMANAD RACING PIGEON CLUB ( RRPC ) 

        ALL MADRAS RACING PIGEON CLUB ( AMRC ) 

TRICHY RACING PIGEON CLUB ( TRPC )
TRICHY RACING PIGEON CLUB ( TRPC )

 

TRICHY RACING PIGEON CLUB ( TRPC )

  PEARL CITY RACING PIGEON CLUB ( PCRPC )
  RAMANAD RACING PIGEON CLUB ( RRPC )
  KILAKKARAI PIGEON CLUB ( KPC )
  PEARL CITY RACING PIGEON CLUB ( PCRPC )
  RAMANAD RACING PIGEON CLUB ( RRPC )
  KILAKKARAI PIGEON CLUB ( KPC )  
  NAGARKOVIL HOMING PIGEON FANCIERS ASSOCIATION ( NHPFA )

Pigeons In War
 

At the outbreak of World War 2 thousands of Britain’s pigeon fanciers gave their pigeons to the war effort to act as message carriers.  During the period of the war nearly a quarter of a million birds were used by the army, the RAF and the Civil Defence Services including the police, the fire service, Home Guard and even Bletchley Park.  Pigeon racing was stopped and birds of prey along the coasts of Britain were culled so that British pigeons could arrive home unhindered by these predators.  There were tight controls on the keeping of pigeons and even rationing for pigeon corn.

Homing pigeons were used not only in Western Europe by British forces but also by American, Canadian, and German forces in other parts of the world during the war – Italy, Greece, North Africa, India and the Middle and Far East.  One pigeon, GI Joe, saved the lives of thousands of British troops who were preparing to take an Italian town after the US Air Force had bombarded the Germans. However, the British forces found no resistance from the Germans and so entered the town unchallenged.  Unfortunately the USAF were already en route to bomb the town and with radio contact broken  GI Joe fly over a mile a minute (60 mph) back to the base.  He arrived back just in time for the air raid to be called off before the USAF would have bombed our troops.  

All RAF bombers and reconnaissance aircraft carried pigeons and, if the aircraft had to ditch, the plane’s co-ordinates were sent back with the pigeon to its RAF base and a search and rescue operation was effected.  Thousands of servicemen’s lives were saved by these heroic birds that flew often in extreme circumstances.  

During World War II homing pigeons were seconded into the National Pigeon Service from Britain’s fanciers including one from the Royal Lofts. In fact one pigeon, Royal Blue, was the first pigeon to bring a message from a force-landed aircraft on the continent.  On the 10th October 1940 this young bird was released in Holland.  He flew 120 miles in 4 hours 10 minutes reporting the information regarding the situation of the crew.  After the war, the Dickin Medal was instituted.  Commonly known as the Animal VC, it was awarded to 53 animals including 32 homing pigeons including Royal Blue.

Pigeons carried their messages either in special message containers on their legs or small pouches looped over their backs.

 Quite often pigeons were dropped by parachute in containers to Resistance workers in France, Belgium and Holland.  This was often quite precarious as it was a bumpy landing and very dangerous for the Resistance workers if they were caught with a British pigeon.

 Aircrew carried their pigeons in special watertight baskets and containers, in case the aircraft had to ditch into the sea.

 Pigeon lofts were built at RAF and army bases but the mobile lofts had to be constructed so that they could move easily over land.

The Dickin Medal was awarded for any animal displaying conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during World War II and its aftermath. Of the 53 Dickin Medals presented, 32 went to pigeons.

                                                         The Dickin Medal Awarded To Animals For Gallantry

 The founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, Mrs Maria Dickin, instituted the award, popularly referred to as the ‘Animal VC’, and was made only upon official recommendation and was exclusive to the animal kingdom.

One of the most famous pigeons was called ‘White Vision’.  It received its Dickin Medal for “delivering a message under exceptionally difficult conditions and so contributing to the rescue of an air crew while serving with the RAF in October 1943”.  This hardly tells the story!  A Catalina flying boat had to ditch in the Hebrides at 0820 hrs one morning.  Sea rescue operations were hindered by very bad weather and air search was impossible because of thick mist.  At 1700 hrs that afternoon White Vision arrived at her loft with a message giving the position of the ditched aircraft and as a result the search was resumed, the aircraft sighted and rescue of the crew effected.  White Vision had flown 60 miles over heavy seas against a headwind of 25 miles per hour with visibility only a hundred yards at the place of release and three hundred yards at the place of arrival. 

Pigeons In War
 

At the outbreak of World War 2 thousands of Britain’s pigeon fanciers gave their pigeons to the war effort to act as message carriers.  During the period of the war nearly a quarter of a million birds were used by the army, the RAF and the Civil Defence Services including the police, the fire service, Home Guard and even Bletchley Park.  Pigeon racing was stopped and birds of prey along the coasts of Britain were culled so that British pigeons could arrive home unhindered by these predators.  There were tight controls on the keeping of pigeons and even rationing for pigeon corn.

Homing pigeons were used not only in Western Europe by British forces but also by American, Canadian, and German forces in other parts of the world during the war – Italy, Greece, North Africa, India and the Middle and Far East.  One pigeon, GI Joe, saved the lives of thousands of British troops who were preparing to take an Italian town after the US Air Force had bombarded the Germans. However, the British forces found no resistance from the Germans and so entered the town unchallenged.  Unfortunately the USAF were already en route to bomb the town and with radio contact broken  GI Joe fly over a mile a minute (60 mph) back to the base.  He arrived back just in time for the air raid to be called off before the USAF would have bombed our troops.  

All RAF bombers and reconnaissance aircraft carried pigeons and, if the aircraft had to ditch, the plane’s co-ordinates were sent back with the pigeon to its RAF base and a search and rescue operation was effected.  Thousands of servicemen’s lives were saved by these heroic birds that flew often in extreme circumstances.  

During World War II homing pigeons were seconded into the National Pigeon Service from Britain’s fanciers including one from the Royal Lofts. In fact one pigeon, Royal Blue, was the first pigeon to bring a message from a force-landed aircraft on the continent.  On the 10th October 1940 this young bird was released in Holland.  He flew 120 miles in 4 hours 10 minutes reporting the information regarding the situation of the crew.  After the war, the Dickin Medal was instituted.  Commonly known as the Animal VC, it was awarded to 53 animals including 32 homing pigeons including Royal Blue.

Pigeons carried their messages either in special message containers on their legs or small pouches looped over their backs.

 Quite often pigeons were dropped by parachute in containers to Resistance workers in France, Belgium and Holland.  This was often quite precarious as it was a bumpy landing and very dangerous for the Resistance workers if they were caught with a British pigeon.

 Aircrew carried their pigeons in special watertight baskets and containers, in case the aircraft had to ditch into the sea.

 Pigeon lofts were built at RAF and army bases but the mobile lofts had to be constructed so that they could move easily over land.

The Dickin Medal was awarded for any animal displaying conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during World War II and its aftermath. Of the 53 Dickin Medals presented, 32 went to pigeons.

                                                         The Dickin Medal Awarded To Animals For Gallantry

 The founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, Mrs Maria Dickin, instituted the award, popularly referred to as the ‘Animal VC’, and was made only upon official recommendation and was exclusive to the animal kingdom.

One of the most famous pigeons was called ‘White Vision’.  It received its Dickin Medal for “delivering a message under exceptionally difficult conditions and so contributing to the rescue of an air crew while serving with the RAF in October 1943”.  This hardly tells the story!  A Catalina flying boat had to ditch in the Hebrides at 0820 hrs one morning.  Sea rescue operations were hindered by very bad weather and air search was impossible because of thick mist.  At 1700 hrs that afternoon White Vision arrived at her loft with a message giving the position of the ditched aircraft and as a result the search was resumed, the aircraft sighted and rescue of the crew effected.  White Vision had flown 60 miles over heavy seas against a headwind of 25 miles per hour with visibility only a hundred yards at the place of release and three hundred yards at the place of arrival. 

Results 

SIRUGUNUR TO DINDIGUL – 137 Km. – 22.01.2006

RANK

NAME

DISTANCE

Time Taken

Points

 

 

170 Kms

144 min.

3

2

 

174 Kms

147 min.

2

3

 

170 Kms

146 min.

1

4

 

167 Kms

145 min.

 2

 

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