RIP, Buster. You and your kin will be remembered so long as there are men who love dogs.
This is Buster the springer spaniel – and he has died at the age of 13 after completing five tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia.
In a statement, the Royal Air Force said the retired search dog had been responsible for saving ‘countless lives’ by sniffing out improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the battlefield.
It is thought he could have save thousands of lives.
He later became honoured as an official lifetime mascot of the RAF as a reward for his service.
Until recently, Buster had been enjoying retirement with handler Flight Sergeant Will Barrow at his Lincolnshire home, alongside two other dogs.
The pair were described as being ‘inseparable’ and had even attended a local school last week to hand out end of year reports to students.
A special event to celebrate RAF working dogs is due to be held later this year.