March 28, 19420115 Hours
The coast of St Nazaire, France
Out in the open sea off the coast of France, there was a ship named HMS Campbeltown sailing on that sea. On the Campbeltown, was a cage containing a short eared owl. Her name was Alice or Alice Asio flammeus.
She had a mixture of dark and light brown markings along with a facial disk that resembled a heart. The light brown markings around her yellow eyes added to her appearance.
resemble dark eyeshadow. She was concealed within a cage on top of a cargo hold. She heard was muffled talking coming from outside. This part of the mission was almost unsettling, considering she had been crammed into this small cage for nearly two days. If anything, it was a mixed feeling. However she didn't mind, this was her first mission after all. The hum of the Campbeltown's engines echoed throughout her facial dish. The only reason she was able to participate in the raid was due because of the short range of the radios the ships was able to carry.
"Incoming!"Alice heard loud booms all around the ship, men were screaming as they ducked for cover. Alice screeched in her cage, Their cover was blown but it didn't matter.
She heard men yelling and screaming, all of it being downed out by machine gun fire and explosions."Hold on!We're going in!"Seconds later, there was a loud crash. It almost
rocked her cage off the hold. She was wondering what had happened, was the ship sinking? A sailor came rushing in, grabbing her cage. The sailor rushed outside to the front of the opened, there the owl could see what had happened. The ship had rammed a drydock gate was now taking fire from all over.
The sailor that was carrying her tried to jump over the side but bullets quickly shot him down. Alice was knocked about in her cage as it impacted the deck. From her position, There was a giant explosion off the left of the ship, it was a building that was blown up. Seconds later, men were coming back from the burning building.
"Don't forget her."Another sailor had stumbled upon her and quickly threw her cage over the side of the ship to be caught by a British soldier. The soldier then ran to meet up with the men who had blown up the building."The pumphouse is destroyed...we done our part,we need to get out of here."
"We gonna have to release her once things quiet down."The soldiers ran towards a direction that was supposedly the rally point. The soldiers stopped dead in their tracks as Alices' cage was opened, their faces displayed horror and fear...causing her to look in the direction they were facing.
Alice could see all around the fires out on the other side. The boats were burning and sinking. The soldiers could only look on in shock.
"We're done for lads, our way home is gone..."
"No, not yet...we still have her."The captain of the group pointed down at Alice on the ground, She stared at him with wide eyes."She is getting the message home."
"We're going to have to get to town and split into smaller groups until then."The captain kneeled down infront of her, placing a small rolled up paper around her right talon."Er you go, missy...get this home for us."She nodded before spreading her wings and taking off into the dark night. It was easy going from there, no one decided to shoot her. After flying for a few hours, she was getting tired but she pressed on. Crossing over Normandy, across the English channel and towards London. By the time she got to London, dawn was breaking. She knew where to go, she steered herself towards a building with a large antenna and landed through an open window."Well!Look who's back."The short eared owl walked towards a commander, who removed the paper from her talon. The commander looked at the small paper before he put his head down."I am sorry lads,please forgive me."He went to the radio, making small adjustments to the correct frequently.
“Reinforcements are not coming!Repeat not coming!You're instructed to take the squad out of the city and await further orders. Watch for other squads trapped in your area, Good luck.”Alice could only walk away and onto her personal hollow as the commander finished. Those hours of flying just to get back and those soldiers are being left to fend for themselves. She wanted to not think about it too much, she was so tired from all that flying that she hopped into her open cage and fell into a deep sleep on her post.