A secretive World War II-era message consisting of handwritten letters in a coded order was recently discovered attached to the skeleton of a carrier pigeon in southeast England. Homeowner David Martin says he was renovating his home in Surrey when the historic artifact was uncovered and he immediately turned over his unique treasure to experts in British intelligence to decipher.
Nearly one month later, the analysts are still scratching their heads, unable to crack the code dating back nearly 70 years.
Here's the complete code:
AOAKN HVPKD FNFJW YIDDC
RQXSR DJHFP GOVFN MIAPX
PABUZ WYYNP CMPNW HJRZH
NLXKG MEMKK ONOIB AKEEQ
WAOTA RBQRH DJOFM TPZEH
LKXGH RGGHT JRZCQ FNKTQ
KLDTS FQIRW AOAKN 27 1525/6
Codebreakers say the message will be practically impossible to crack without its codebook. The "Pigeon Service" message listed its sender as "Sjt W Stot" and was intended for recipient "Xo2".
To view the original message, click here.