UK to unravel mystery behind 'secret message' from lost D-Day pigeon
The British Government Communications Headquarter (GCHQ) has launched a new investigation in bid to crack the mystery behind a secret message obtained from a lost D-Day pigeon.
Due to Winston Churchill's radio blackout during the World War II, 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.
However, a carrier pigeon dispatched by the invasion force to relay secret messages back across the Channel never made it home to its base, The Telegraph reports.
Instead the bird got stuck in a chimney only to be discovered 70 years later, and it's secret communique still attached to its skeleton in a red capsule, which would be investigated now by the UK Government. But the message is so secret that it is written in code long since forgotten by the security services.
According to the paper, historians believe the bird was almost certainly dispatched from Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944 - during the D-Day invasions.
It is thought that the bird was destined for the top secret Bletchley Park, which was just 80 miles from David Martin's home, who found the pigeon in the chimney while renovating his home in Bletchingley, Surrey, the paper said.
The message was sent to XO2 at 16:45 and contained 27 codes, each made up of five letters or numbers, it added.