On 19 August 1942, Beach Comber arrived in Britain, despite hazardous conditions, from Dieppe, France carrying a message from the Canadian Army alerting commanders of their landing there, marking the start of the Dieppe raid. As a result, on 6 March 1944, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals awarded Beach Comber the Dickin Medal. Beach Comber remains the only Canadian war pigeon ever to be awarded a Dickin Medal, and one of only three Canadian animals ever to be so honoured.
- "Animals at War captions" (PDF). Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "PDSA Dickin Medal pigeons". The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
- Lennox, Doug (24 August 2009). Now You Know Canada's Heroes. Dundurn. p. 173. Retrieved 6 July 2013.