The remains of a World War II homing pigeon carrying a coded message from the D-Day landings has been found in a chimney in Bletchingley, Surrey. The message is so potentially sensitive that it was handed over to codebreakers at GCHQ, who are now frantically trying to decipher it. Historians reckon the bird, found by David …
Roosted in the wrong place. Fail.
Re: Mission Failure
More to the point, why is this news? If Martin showed the bird and message to Dunderdale, WHO DIED IN 1990, then this "news" is at least 22 years old.
2345 2184 2987 6573 2345
Monty has run out of toilet paper, send some quick.
Tasty pigeon breast that Caruthers, goes well with a '29 Chateau Plonk don't you think.
The bravest angry bird ever!
“We suspect it was flying back to Monty’s HQ or Bletchley Park from Nazi-occupied Normandy during the invasion. I can only presume it became exhausted and attempted to rest on an open chimney – where it valiantly perished.”
Oh and I suppose the vulture squadron had absolutely nothing to do with it then?
"...attempted to rest on an open chimney – where it valiantly perished."
Sorry, was that the 'Dickin' or the 'Darwin' they were calling for?
Give it a medal?
Why? For all we know, the war might have ended in 1944 if it had got through.
Re: Give it a medal?
Not to mention all of the untrained pigeons that are capable of having a rest on a chimney without falling in and dieing.
An understandable mix-up
Bletchley Park, Bletchingley - I'm sure there have been less likely sat-nav and map-reading cock-ups...
It's taken them thirty years to get "frantic" about this:
it's with some glee that i find the reporter's name to be an anagram of riparian bell end
I have on my leg a piece of paper...
Maybe it was a double agent, attempting a coup...
Penguin, coz that bird don't fly
"we know it’s an Allied Forces pigeon because of the red capsule it was carrying "
By Jove it's a good thing Jerry didn't have our "red paint" technology; there might have been all sorts of trouble with imposters otherwise!
Imposter postal pigeons
Amusingly enough, the British did try to spike the German pigeon network with fake birds (carefully selected for their complete lack of homing ability) - although rather disappointingly the idea that their lofts may have been penetrated was discounted by the Germans on the basis that only a lunatic nation would bother attempting it...
Re: Imposter postal pigeons
"Imposter postal pigeons
Amusingly enough, the British did try to spike the German pigeon network with fake birds (carefully selected for their complete lack of homing ability) - although rather disappointingly the idea that their lofts may have been penetrated was discounted by the Germans on the basis that only a lunatic nation would bother attempting it..."
They could have gotten a great Peter Sellers movie out of that story.
Mine's the one with the screenplay in the pocket.
Was idly wondering if it was Speckly Jim, shot & eaten by The Flanders Pigeon Murderer. But that was WW1 so obviously not. Carry on.
Sounds more like it should be shot for desertion....
An early example of an encrypted RFC1149 communication.
Obviously someone is getting in a flap about it :)
Some made it and some did not
Salute for 'Winkie' the Pigeon
"the Dickin Medal, the highest possible decoration for valour given to animals"
Or as the animals call it, NotFood...
The Whistling Spy Enigma
Never pass up an opportunity to quote the Goons!
Seagoon: Through the pigeonhole flew a carrier pigeon. There was something attached to its leg. It was a postman.
Am I the only person that thinks not cleaning a chimney since WW11 may have been a problem.
Yes, you are. For us natives, World War Eleven is a (hopefully very distant) future. Please check your TimeTime navigation device before traveling any further.
"a classified pigeon loft"
One of the best phrases I've ever read on el reg.
Re: "a classified pigeon loft"
I demand clarification!
Was it the loft that was classified, or the pigeons?
Re: "a classified pigeon loft"
"It's not a pigeon loft"
<then what is it?
<BUT there's pigeons in it>
"It's not a pigeon loft"
etc etc.....liek the "not the MI6 building" at the beginning of the bond film
WHY ARE EL REG USING UNNECESSARY CAPITALS IN THEIR HEADLINES?
Message is obvious
"Coincidentally, Secret Agent Commander Wilfred "Biffy" Dunderdale, the real-life inspiration for his friend Ian Fleming's James Bond, lived near Martin after the war. Martin said he had the chance to show the bird and the message to Dunderdale before he passed away."
Monty's funniest joke in the world.
The message is sensitive? unless anyone is planning on finding Hitler to pass on the message then I'm sure we're safe.
you can't be too carefull
Loose lips and all that.
It was only 67 years aga,I can still remember it(almost) well.
looks like win8 serial numbers
Hollywood is planning on doing the film of this story, instead of pigeons it will be an eagle of course and it will be set in California.
But filmed in Canada .
"...we know it’s an Allied Forces pigeon because of the red capsule..."
They gave pigeons suicide pills in case they were captured?
- Product Round-up Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces
- Geek's Guide to Britain The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex
- FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know
- If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news
- Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat