Homing Pigeons

By: Chris
On: 08/23/2001
I saw this inquiry on the Mighty Eighth board...thought I would ask here. Does anyone know if bombers carried these?
The reason this was asked was because of an excerpt seen in the pilot manual for the B-17, under ditching instructions, in which it states that the bombadier is to hand the "pigeon
cage" to the waist gunner???!!!
Can anyone throw some lite on this?