Gunner was a stray male kelpie dog born in 1941. He became notable for accurately alerting the presence of Japanese air craft during World war 2.

Gunner with his handler Percy Westcott Image Source: wikipedia

Gunner with his handler Percy Westcott
Image Source:
wikipedia

    Gunner was found by Percy Westcott (shown in picture), an Australian air force personal and at that time the puppy was suffering from a broken front leg. He took the pup to a field hospital and the treatment restored his health. At first, the dog was badly shaken after the bombing but about a week after, Gunner first demonstrated his remarkable hearing skills.

    Gunner became agitated, whining and jumping every time he heard enemy aircraft approaching. What was most remarkable is that he would display this behavior 20 minutes before enemy aircraft arrived ! Gunner never performed when he heard the allied planes taking off or landing; only when he heard enemy aircraft as he could differentiate the sounds of allied from enemy aircraft. Gunner was so reliable that Wing Commander McFarlane gave approval for Westcott to sound a portable air raid siren whenever Gunner’s whining or jumping alerted him.

     When Westcott was posted to Melbourne 18 months later, Gunner stayed in Darwin and his fate is undocumented.