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23rd Nov 2012 12:58pm | By Editor
The UK government is calling on veteran codebreakers for one last mission, to decode a D-Day message which was meant to be received 70 years ago by carrier pigeon but was only recently found in a chimney in Bletchingley, Surrey.
The message, packed in a small red capsule and found with a pigeon skeleton by David Martin in his floo, has stumped the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters.
The Telegraph reports historians belief that that bird was most likely dispatched from Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944, during the D-Day invasions, but experts have admitted they can’t work it out without the context with which it was sent.
They’ve appealed to retired codebreakers from the GCHQ’s former incarnation, Bletchley Park, or anyone else with military communications skills.
A historian from GCHQ told BBC Radio 4 “there are still quite a lot of people alive who worked in communication centres during the war."
The historian, known as Tony for security purposes, said: "It would be very interesting if people did have any information if they could put it in the pot and we could see if we can get any further with it."
What do you reckon this means?
AOAKN HVPKD FNFJW YIDDC
RQXSR DJHFP GOVFN MIAPX
PABUZ WYYNP CMPNW HJRZH
NLXKG MEMKK ONOIB AKEEQ
WAOTA RBQRH DJOFM TPZEH
LKXGH RGGHT JRZCQ FNKTQ
KLDTS FQIRW AOAKN 27 1525/6
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