Who can crack the D-Day Code?

Wordsmith

LE
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#1
Interesting story in today's Telegraph. They've just found the remains of a WW2 carrier pigeon.

Quest to crack secrets of lost D-Day pigeon - Telegraph

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Quest to crack secrets of lost D-Day pigeon

It was part of a very special air service crucial to the D-Day landings. ut a carrier pigeon dispatched by the invasion force to relay secret messages back across the Channel never made it home to its base.

Instead the bird got stuck in a chimney only to be discovered 70 years later, it's secret communique still attached to its skeleton in a red capsule. The message is so secret that it is written in code long since forgotten by the security services.

Now the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, Glos, is hoping to decipher the note in a bid to unravel the mystery. The Royal Pigeon Racing Association believe the bird probably either got lost, disorientated in bad weather, or was simply exhausted after its trip across the Channel.

Its remains were discovered by David Martin when he ripped out a fireplace and found it in the chimney while renovating his home in Bletchingley, Surrey. Historians believe the bird was almost certainly dispatched from Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944 - During the D-Day invasions.

Due to Winston Churchill's radio blackout, homing pigeons were taken on the D-Day invasion and released by Allied Forces to inform military Generals back on English soil how the operation was going.

"It's a real mystery and I cannot wait for the secret message to be decoded," Mr Martin said. "It really is unbelieveable."

It is thought that the bird was destined for the top secret Bletchley Park, which was just 80 miles from Mr Martin's home. The message was sent to XO2 at 16:45 and contained 27 codes, each made up of five letters or numbers.
Amateur code crackers - away you go...

Wordsmith
 
#2
I did this last night in about five minutes.

ahem,

'3 Hldrs dancing on wet plank'.

'Send 3s and 4d, we are going to a dance in seaport'.

'tell 2 Irish Guards to dance in town in white'
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
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#4
"Jean has a big moustache"?
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
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#6
"This pigeon tasted great."?
 

Auld-Yin

ADC
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#7
If it was from the RAF it would have been a hotel booking with wine order. If from Army it will say "WTF is the RAF?".

Simples

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#8
From PM to Gen de Gaulle: Oi lanky cunt, tell your countrymen to stop crying into their wine and grow a pair. lots of love Winnie
 
#9
It was meant to read " Do not decode until 20.12 " ... unfortunately encoded as " Do not decode until 2012 " ... bravely the pigeon died obeying orders .
 
#10
Can't make all of it out, but it starts:

'It was a dark and stormy night ....'
'WAH shield up ....'
'Cunts have sent us red berets ...'
'Not enough black nasty ...'

Interesting it was found in Bletchingley; must have been an early satnav failure and the bird was looking for Bletchley.
 
#12
I actually thought it said something like Zwei Bratwurst, eine Pommes mit Mayo und eine grosse flashen Cola bitte zu mit nehmen if you please !
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
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#13
It could of course not be a D-Day pigeon but a pigeon under training pre-D-Day. In which case the message could be entirely meaningless.
 
#14
It could of course not be a D-Day pigeon but a pigeon under training pre-D-Day. In which case the message could be entirely meaningless.
A Phantom Pigeon to give the Germans the impression there were preparations for a landing force from Dover to Calais you mean?

Is the pigeon inflatable?
 
#16
To: Quartermaster General, Whitehall
From: 1/2 Somerset Light Infantry, Sword Beach
Re: Admin.
What day do we get paid this month?
 
#18
It could of course not be a D-Day pigeon but a pigeon under training pre-D-Day. In which case the message could be entirely meaningless.
are you implying that this feathered hero of the empire wasnt murdered by german agents in a desperate last ditch attempt to stop the allied invasion of europe?
 
#19
Message decoded
...---...

"We've run out of wine, what are we going to do about it?"

...---...

"We must have some booze. WE DEMAND TO HAVE SOME BOOZE"

Followed by ... --- ...
 

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