A dead pigeon discovered recently in a chimney in Surrey may be able to provide new answers to the secrets of World War II. The pigeon had a secret coded message attached to it, which has stumped code-breakers at GCHQ. Can you help crack the code? The pigeon message is as follows:

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



  1. MartinJJ says:

    What was left of the pigeon after seven decades? Assuming it’s from WW2 might be wrong in the first place and with that you can rule out Enigma’s. The note does not appear to be very WW2-ish either. Best first figure out who had a pigeon service in the UK. It could also be a prank. When you decipher it, it may read something like you are hired as a decoder. Contact your government. Or MI6 and get shot as you are too smart for them.

    :)

  2. GregAllen says:

    Didn’t they use obscure languages for the underlying language in WWII? Like Cherokee? (I think they made a move about that.)

    That could make it immensely harder to decipher, I assume.

    • CrankyGeeksFan says:

      Possibly a language the sender knew:
      Manx, Middle English, Old English, Irish or Scottish (Gaelic), Old Norse, or Welsh.

      Interesting.

  3. ivan says:

    Chantalle, rue Nancy 4 flat 2b, 50 francs ***
    Noelle, Auberge Nouvelle upstairs, 40 francs **
    Yvonne, Chez Pierre upstairs, 45 francs ***
    Rita, Place de Paris 10 flat 6a, 55 ****
    Going to Bordeaux on friday

  4. JD says:

    “Drink more Olvaltine”

  5. Gwad his own self says:

    One time pad. Commonly used by pigeon couriers during dubya-dubya-deuce. They’re not practical nowdays, but they were unbreakable then and they’re unbreakable now.

  6. Johnboy says:

    They look like software serial codes, boy have times changed.

  7. BackwardMasker666 says:

    Now, let’s see:

    6/5251 72 NKAOA WRIQF STDLK
    QTKNF QCZRJ THGGR HGXKL

    Nope! Playing it backwards didn’t crack the code, but I JUST KNOW there’s a message from the Satan in there somewhere…

  8. OneDrinkTooMany says:

    I was hoping it would be a Windows 8 License Key…

  9. JimD says:

    Song “Hitler’s only got one ball …

  10. HUGSALOT says:

    looks like product key codes f0r microsoft windows registration.

  11. Matryem says:

    Not rocket science, or difficult to decipher the code at all. NURP 40 TW 194 is the pigeon with ciphered message, and NURP 37 DK 76 is the pigeon with the cipher key.

  12. Matryem says:

    Very simple. NURP 40 TW 194 is the pigeon with ciphered message, and NURP 37 DK 76 is the pigeon with the cipher key.