The skeleton of a pigeon which carries an encrypted message enclosed in a red capsule has been found in Surrey, England. Experts believe that the bird had been a war pigeon which was used as a military messenger for Allied forces during World War II.
David Martin discovered the skeleton in his chimney of his home near Reigate, Surrey while renovating his fireplace in 1982. Two weeks ago, November 1st, Bletchley Park which was a codebreaking building and currently houses the National Codes Centre, went public with a news release.
“We have more than 30 messages from WWII carrier pigeons in our exhibition, but not one is in code. The message Mr. Martin found must be highly top secret. The aluminum 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,” said Colin Hill, the curator of Bletchley Park’s ‘Pigeons at War’.
Mr. Martin just like everybody else thinks that it’s a real mystery. “Who knows, maybe it’ll tell us something really shocking like, God forbid, Churchill was actually working undercover for the Nazis!” Mr. Martin commented. War experts are now trying to decipher the message and may at least illuminate a fragment of wartime history.