[CT Birds] OT: military carrier pigeon 40TW194

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Fri Nov 2 21:29:43 EDT 2012

Here's an interesting story, mostly about trying to crack the code, but also about the Dickin Medal, half of whose winners are pigeons.


A Bird Skeleton, a Code and, Maybe, a Top Secret ... By ALAN COWELL
Published: November 1, 2012

It kept its secret for decades. It perished in the process. It died, experts say, a valiant death, most likely on a hush-hush mission over wartime France, and was then, like so many others, forgotten.

But now, decades after the final flight of military carrier pigeon 40TW194, the bird’s secret message has become a matter of state and the grist of headlines.  . . . 

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