British contemplated kamikaze pigeons


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British contemplated kamikaze pigeons
"British spy chiefs secretly considered training pigeons to fly into enemy targets carrying explosives or biological weapons, it has been revealed. British intelligence set up a 'pigeon committee' at the end of World War II to ensure expertise gained in the use of the birds to carry messages was not lost... Among MI14's proposals was the training of pigeons carrying explosives to fly into enemy searchlights. Meanwhile, pigeon enthusiast Wing Commander WDL Rayner suggested a 'bacteriological warfare agent' could be combined with the explosive... Rayner's plan for a 400-pigeon loft where tests would be carried out was abandoned due to wrangling among the intelligence agencies over funding."


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