WWII Crypto-Pigeon-Skeleton found in Chimney

In einem Schornstein hat man das Skelett einer Taube des britischen Geheimdienstes gefunden, komplett mit verschlüsselter Nachricht am Bein und die haben sie nun zu den Kryptographen in Bletchley Park geschickt (das ist die Institution, an der Alan Turing damals den Enigma-Code geknackt hat), wo sie nun entschlüsselt wird. Die Meldung kommt von der Daily Mail, ist aber trotzdem awesome.

Experts say the red capsule Mr Martin found is the type used by the Special Operations Executive. Their human agents undertook sabotage missions such as blowing up trains, bridges and factories in German-occupied territory. The message was written by a Sergeant W Stott and contains columns of groups of five letters. It is thought that its intended recipient, ‘X02’, is code for Bomber Command. […]

‘The message Mr Martin found must be highly top secret,’ Mr Hill said. ‘The aluminium ring found on the bird’s leg tells us it was born in 1940, and we know it’s an Allied Forces pigeon because of the red capsule it was carrying, but that’s all we know.’

Skeleton of hero World War II carrier pigeon found in chimney with a secret message still attached to its leg (and now Bletchley Park are trying to crack the code) (via MeFi)