Originally Posted by Belgarion
BTW the dogs name was Nigger. History is full of unpalatable facts that will upset some people.
I was rather hoping to get away without the Dog actually being named. However, you have opened the door.
Nigger's role in the squadron and the raid is a small tale in itself. While he was considered a mascot by the aircrew, he would hang around the Sergeants Mess and howl when Gibson went on Ops and, rumour has it, crap in the Mess entrance (a new slant on Dog Mess), which raises the question if the dog's demise was a complete accident.
Famously Nigger was run over in the afternoon of the raid and buried by one of the Groundcrew at the exact moment (21:30) of the start of the raid.
The codeword for a successful bomb-run breaching the dam was also "Nigger".
There was a big row some time back when the BBC cut out the name of the dog and the codeword during a showing the 1955 Richard Todd film. There has recently been talk of a re-make of the film with Stephen Fry as writer, who suggested that the name be changed to "Digger"--itself a problem as Flt Lt Barlow, an Aussie was also called "Digger".
"Trigger" has been suggested, but purists will probably tear Fry apart.