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Has World War II carrier pigeon message been cracked?
bbc ^ | 16 December 2012 Last updated at 12:36 ET | Anna Browning

Posted on 12/18/2012 12:25:21 PM PST by BenLurkin

Gord Young, from Peterborough, in Ontario, says it took him 17 minutes to decypher the message after realising a code book he inherited was the key.

Mr Young says the 1944 note uses a simple World War I code to detail German troop positions in Normandy.

GCHQ says it would be interested to see his findings.

Blocks of code

The message was discovered by 74-year-old David Martin when he was renovating the chimney of his house in Bletchingley, Surrey.

Among the rubbish, he found parts of a dead pigeon - including a leg, attached to which was a red canister. Inside the canister was a thin piece of paper with the words "Pigeon Service" at the top and 27 handwritten blocks of code.

The message - which attracted world-wide media attention - was put in the hands of Britain's top codebreakers at GCHQ at the beginning of November, but they have been unable to unlock the puzzle.

Using his great-uncle's Royal Flying Corp [92 Sqd-Canadian] aerial observers' book, he said he was able to work out the note in minutes.

He believes it was written by 27-year-old Sgt William Stott, a Lancashire Fusilier, who had been dropped into Normandy - with pigeons - to report on German positions. Sgt Stott was killed a few weeks later and is buried in a Normandy war cemetery

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: dday; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; worldwareleven
GCHQ says it would be interested to see his findings.

I bet they also want their code book back.

1 posted on 12/18/2012 12:25:27 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Well, that will be the end of the , “Be sure to drink your Ovlatine” replies.


2 posted on 12/18/2012 12:32:27 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: BenLurkin
He believes it was written by 27-year-old Sgt William Stott, a Lancashire Fusilier, who had been dropped into Normandy - with pigeons - to report on German positions.

Parachuting down in a cage would be an interesting experience for a pigeon.

3 posted on 12/18/2012 12:33:23 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: BenLurkin; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!


4 posted on 12/18/2012 12:33:23 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: nuconvert

you beat me to it...

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5 posted on 12/18/2012 12:33:56 PM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: BenLurkin
Text of uncoded message:

"What-ho chaps,

I rather hate to be a bother, but we seem to have run out of tea. I rather think we're no better than the huns if we expect the lads at the front to go on without tea! Sent along a couple of crates of good Indian stuff, if you would. Rather excellent for the morale and all that sort of thing, ay-what?

-Terribly grateful,

Captain Lord Alfred Manning-Tree Manning-Tree"

END OF MESSAGE.

6 posted on 12/18/2012 12:34:25 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: BenLurkin

I love how they use the word “Jerry” to refer to the enemy.

Just like in Hogan’s Hero’s, Great Escape, Blackadder, etc...!


7 posted on 12/18/2012 1:04:01 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Don’t Forget to Drink Your Ovaltine!


8 posted on 12/18/2012 1:06:59 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd; nuconvert

I expected it to be:

“Send new pigeon. STOP This one keeps flying down chimneys STOP


9 posted on 12/18/2012 1:09:05 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

So what’s the message? Totally useless BBC crap article.


10 posted on 12/18/2012 1:14:10 PM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: rfp1234
The article said nothing about a parachute, which is even more interesting.

Those pigeons must've been in really good shape.

11 posted on 12/18/2012 2:00:42 PM PST by skeeter
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To: BenLurkin

“Send More Chuck Berry”
“Drink Your Ovaltine”
“Needs More Cowbell”


12 posted on 12/18/2012 2:19:32 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: BenLurkin

“All your base are belong to us.”


13 posted on 12/18/2012 2:19:56 PM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: BenLurkin

The movement starts to the rear of the glass before dawn. A tree covered house with lakes in-between can be taken. Must have sand by the hour with all urgency.


14 posted on 12/18/2012 2:31:05 PM PST by fso301
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To: BenLurkin

In no way has this been decrypted by Young. I doubt that it will ever be, by anyone.


15 posted on 12/18/2012 2:34:43 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.
In no way has this been decrypted by Young. I doubt that it will ever be, by anyone.

Why do you say that? You think his claim to having the key is false?

16 posted on 12/18/2012 3:06:27 PM PST by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Why do you say that? You think his claim to having the key is false?

Because they likely dropped an Enigma-type code generator to instantly scramble his messages in situ. Why would they send the trooper and pigeon with only a code book? /sarc

17 posted on 12/18/2012 6:38:12 PM PST by imardmd1
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To: BenLurkin

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks BenLurkin.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


18 posted on 12/18/2012 8:07:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: skeeter

Not everyone jumped. Some were dropped off in remote grass pasture, landing, dropping, and running.

These guys had guts similar to our special ops folks.


19 posted on 12/18/2012 8:20:44 PM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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