Skip to comments.Has World War II carrier pigeon message been cracked?
Posted on 12/16/2012 3:09:22 PM PST by the scotsman
'An encrypted World War II message found in a fire place strapped to the remains of a dead carrier pigeon may have been cracked by a Canadian enthusiast.
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.
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.'
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“Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.”
Thank you for posting this. I found this story so interesting.
However, even with the ‘code’ spelled out for me, I don’t really follow it too easily, duh.
“And so I was like ...” “And then she was, like, ...” “And then, like, I was so totally like ...”
“Warning. US government infiltrated at highest level by Soviets. Suspect Roosevelt and Hiss.”
“Potatoes do sometimes make vines; turnips remain passive: cause unnecessary to state. Inform the poor widow her lad’s efforts will be vain. But diet, bathing, etc. etc., followed uniformly, will wean him from his folly—so fear not.”
Send more pigeon feed.
“I pooped in your corn flakes.”
“Can I has more pigeon foodz?”
I love how the message writer called the enemy “Jerry.” Fantastic! Its so Blackadder and Hogan’s Heros!!
Here’s the message.
“This is Horace. He is a stupid pigeon. He flies into chimneys. Bon appetit!”
Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wooden shoe?
Modern refrain: Bronco Bama
What’s the damn message?
Drink more Ovaltine....
So what did the D'm message say?????