Strange that a war code has been found in a pigeon.
War Code in A Pigeom
Mr Walbridge, 74, has now received a decoded version of the 1944 message, which was found strapped to the leg of the remains of a carrier pigeon.
Last month the Echo reported that Mr Walbridge persuaded Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) to delve into the mystery of the bird’s message, which was found in a blocked chimney in Surrey.
What was originally thought to be an unbreakable code has now been partially cracked using a First World War artillery code book.
Weston resident Mr Walbridge said: “I thought someone would come up with it sooner or later.
“After the war all the code books at Bletchley Park and the computers had to be destroyed. We accepted that. But I thought there would be a way to do it.”
Mr Walbridge, a former government worker, said he was pleased to get assistance from across the pond to crack the code. He added: “The Canadian researchers had someone’s father or uncle who had a code book and was able to use it.”
The curious case of the WWII carrier pigeon and the unbreakable code