What's he got under his arms ?

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LE
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A friend came across this and we've been wondering what the two yellow boxes are for.
 
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swampmonster

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Er (turns on Wah Shield)

Pigeon boxes..you can see one in the box on the right....


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=)
 
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Good photo, any history or story to go with it?
 
#10
Good photo, any history or story to go with it?
A Canadian airman with boxes containing carrier pigeons used by downed bomber crews to send emergency signals for rescuers to come to their aid. Using the pigeons in such incidents helped the rescuers go straight to the airmens downed location.

Found the above, whether it is fact i don't know, but until definitive answer it will do for moment
 
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A Canadian airman with boxes containing carrier pigeons used by downed bomber crews to send emergency signals for rescuers to come to their aid. Using the pigeons in such incidents helped the rescuers go straight to the airmens downed location.

Found the above, whether it is fact i don't know, but until definitive answer it will do for moment
What, the rescuers followed the bloody pigeons back to the downed aircraft ...you're avin' a laugh mate! They'd be better off eating the fockers!

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These were special pigeons trained by SIS (The fore runner of MI6). They were dropped over Nazi Germany by Sterling bombers (Sterlings were used as their ceiling height was lower than lancs or halifax's therefore not requiring oxygen for the birds) from July 1943 to March .1945.
Their purpose was to land on the window ledges and balconies of senior wehrmacht officers and keep repeating "coo,coo,coo".















Honest
 
#17
They're the new black box flight recorders. Painted that colour for easy detection. The pigeons inside have been specially trained to talk and they can give basic reports on accidents. "Coo, coo, fuckin' big mountain, coo, coo, mong pilot, coo, coo, crash fuckin' bang, coo, coo" was one such report. Another went on the lines of "coo, coo, big bloke with bag, coo, coo, wearing turban, coo, coo, pushed switch on bag, coo, coo, fuckin' big bang , coo, coo". Clver stuff, eh? They were thinking of using parrots but they thought using foreigners might be a security risk. The pigeons are ones that have been kicked off Trafalgar Square but at least they're English.
 
#18
Wikipedia states that: "Canadian PO (A) S Jess, wireless operator of an Avro Lancaster bomber operating from Waddington, Lincolnshire carrying two pigeon boxes. Homing pigeons served as a means of communications in the event of a crash, ditching or radio failure."

This caption was provided by the IWM.
 

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