Secret wartime code to beat the Nazis found on dead pigeon cannot be cracked, says Government

November 23, 2012 | by | 2 Comments

A secret code attached to the leg of a WW2 carrier pigeon found dead in a chimney cannot be cracked, Government intelligence officials said today.

The encrypted note was in a red capsule tied to the limb of a ‘spy’ pigeon discovered by stunned homeowner David Martin.

David, 74, found the animal in his chimney and it is thought it died on its way to Britain from France during the Second World War.

David Martin with the remains of a WWII carrier pigeon, strapped with secret code to defeat the Nazis, which he discovered 70 years later dead behind his fireplace

David Martin with the remains of a WWII carrier pigeon, strapped with secret code to defeat the Nazis, which he discovered 70 years later dead behind his fireplace

The remains of the pigeon, and the red case still strapped to its ankle which experts will now study to crack the code

The remains of the pigeon, and the red case still strapped to its ankle which experts will now study to crack the code

David passed the note to experts at UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, Glos, who said they would decipher its meaning.

But their top team of intelligence officers now say they cannot crack the code and the pigeon’s secrets will die with him.

David, 74, of Bletchingley, Surrey, says GCHQ’s claims of not being able to crack the code means it must be top secret information.

The skeleton of the dead pigeon that was found in the chimney, and left, the secret code it was carrying to beat the Nazis in WWII

The skeleton of the dead pigeon that was found in the chimney, and left, the secret code it was carrying to beat the Nazis in WWII

He told SWNS: ”I always understood there was no code that couldn’t be cracked. I am beginning to think this message contains highly-sensitive orders.”

The note contains 27 codes each made up of combinations of five numbers and letters.

It was addressed to X02 ­ possibly Bomber Command – by a Serjeant W Stot, a non-commissioned officer in the Army.

Codebreaking HQ Bletchley park, where the pigieon was destined for. On arrival, spies would have deciphered the message and used the information in the battle against Hitler... but the bird never arrived

Codebreaking HQ Bletchley park, where the pigieon was destined for. On arrival, spies would have deciphered the message and used the information in the battle against Hitler… but the bird never arrived

But GCHQ say the code was ”so skilfully written” they cannot discover its meaning without access to the original codebooks.

During the war many cryptographic materials and codebooks were destroyed on Winston Churchill’s orders.

Experts believe the pigeon may have been flying back to General Montgomery Headquarters in Reigate, Surrey or Bletchley Park, Bucks.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    jamesgilbertheighton@yahoo.co.uk

    It appears to me that this ‘Code’ is far simpler than is thought. I believe I translated it at almost first glance – May I add that at 76years of age I lived throught the wartime and recall the general everyday language used then. If my translation is of anyone’s interest, please let me know!

  2. Andreas Essow says:

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