Friday, January 1, 2016

World War 2 pigeon delivers message in June 1944

Pigeons on window ledges in Rome by D. Truong

(c) Crown copyright images reproduced by courtesy of The National Archives, London, UK
Catalog numbers AIR2/4129 #101, #139, #140

The first document is a log of how the pigeons were acquired and incorporated into the operation which took place in June 1944.  These pigeons were needed by Captain Wyndham White and Commander Childs.  The second document contains the message, unfortunately not translated, and the notes on the assignments of pigeons to particular agents.
The third document doesn’t pertain to the June 1944 operation.  It is a copy of the postagram instructing stations sending pigeons out on Special Tasks that they should all be fitted with USA message carriers.

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