The discovery of a dead pigeon inside a UK chimney had sparked a WWII mystery, according to io9. Although David Martin discovered the deceased pigeon in 1982, the mysteries the little creature was carrying are just now being unraveled.
When Martin first noticed the bird while renovating his chimney, he thought nothing of it. After all, a dead bird inside a chimney is really nothing remarkable. However, it wasn’t until the man noticed a red capsule fastened to the pigeon that the mystery began to deepen. Tucked within the container was a secret message written in code, one that hasn’t been seen for several decades.
The bird has since been identified as 40TW194, a carrier pigeon from World War II. According to the New York Times, the messenger was one of two birds carrying the same message. Unfortunately for these winged creatures, neither one reached their intended destination.
The encoded message is now in the capable hands of Britain’s top-secret GCHQ listening post and decoding department. Efforts are currently being made to decipher the mysterious WWII-era message. Although little details about the note have been made available to the public as of this writing, many speculate that it was probably important.
“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,” Bletchley Park curator Colin Hill said in a recent press release.
Some have theorized that the pigeon might have been on a life-saving mission. It’s eventual demise inside of Martin’s Chimney could mean that some people may have died as a result of the bird’s failure to reach its destination. Regardless, code breakers are currently working hard to decipher what sort of message the pigeon was bringing to Allied forces at the time of its death.
For now, the message carried by the brave pigeon that died in a chimney during WWII remains a mystery.