We at Pest Defense Solutions just can’t resist a good mystery. Usually, pigeons are first on our list for extermination and prevention. But the mystery of the message carried by a World War II carrier pigeon is too interesting not to continue to follow. A British military carrier pigeon, named 40TW194, was found years after its secret flight over France and its message was recently sent to Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) listening post and decoding department. Unfortunately, GCHQ reported they were unable to interpret the pigeon’s message. Now, a Canadian history enthusiast says it took him 17 minutes to decipher the coded message, using his great-uncle World War I code book.
Gordon Young, of Peterborough, Ontario, says the message “follows the same sort of code they used in the first war. I’m not saying my note is perfect, but I am saying the code is crackable and this one is pretty close.”
Young says he believes the messages was written by an officer who was dropped behind enemy lines, and confirms a prior message he sent with the map coordinates of Germany’s guns and tanks. It also confirms that several U.S. and British units had met up.
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