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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

SOMERTON MAN: First Level of Code Page Cracked!


First Level of Code Page Cracked!



For the enthusiast. If you look to the left of the first letter A in the AIAQC sequence above, you will see two dots and then alongside the upper dot, if you download the large version, you will see a 3 letter word in micro-writing. Let me know what you think it says.

Prosigns, the 1945 US War Department Radio Operators Manual has cracked the first level of the code page. Here's the link to the manual which you can download:
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4FgVwct8qNUd0F4a1hST0NreHJzTGhCN0FmSm12d1A4QW9j/editHere are my first notes with explanations, there are some letters that can be interpreted but they do need to get additional confirmation, that means researching the web for any WW 2 radio operators manuals. Hoping that Pete Bowes and co will lend a hand!

A could mean ‘Authenticate’ references in various morse code sites. It can also mean ‘the originators call sign follows’ from the manual
AB means ‘All before’ in manual
AR means ‘This is my last message, no reply is expected or required’ in manual
The single letter A could mean ‘All’. assumed from manual
B is ‘More to follow’ in manual
C is for ‘Corrected Version’ in manual
D means ‘Defer’ in manual
E repeated means error so possibly the E means an error from a previous message.assumed from manual
G means ‘Repeat Back’ in the manual and possibly means ‘Groups’ which could contain microcodes of just which groups are to receive the messages. Assumed from manual and other sources
‘I’ could be for ‘Information only’ from other sources
M stands for ‘Message’ The letters CM stand for ‘Classified Message’ so it would not be unreasonable to assume that it is OK. Assumed from manual
N means ‘Not Received or Exempted’ in the manual, could be short for ‘Net Control Station’ or NCS. assumed from manual
O means ‘Urgent’ from manual
P means ‘Priority’ from manual
We have the Q may be part of an operating signal normally containing 3 letters in which case we would have QCV, notably the 3 letter signal beginning with Q was used by aircraft to include movements of aircraft. That, of course, rings a bell because the Q contains microcode CA 23, a still on the board design for a twin jet fighter-bomber designed by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation which used the two letters CA as ‘prefix’ for all their aircraft types. It could then alter the 6th line in the earlier comment to QCVTT. From manual
R is ‘Received’ or ‘Routine’ from manual
The S could mean ‘Station’ referred to in the manual.
T means ‘Transmit to’ from the manual. There are other uses of the T which can be found in the manual
V means ‘message from’ from manual
Finally, the X above the two crossed lines could mean ‘Executive Message’ assumed from the manual. That would fit because those two lines contain strings of microcode.
That would cover all of the larger letters and you should be able to see how they could have been used as a kind of ‘filing’ and instructions system for microcode messages.
The code page letters make sense if they were designed to be carriers of microcode, but, as stand alone letters with Prosign meanings, they do not make any real sense.
Another Military Radio Operators manual would be of value to confirm some of the assumptions.

As it stands I think we may just have cracked open the first level of the code and have certainly already discovered the presence of the concealed code.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Somerton Man: Verse 70 part 2.


Verse 70 Part 2.

Super Enlargements.

These are visible with the naked eye and without any digital enhancement apart from properly enlarging the image.



The Dash. Here you can make out the string of numbers beginning with the letter X on the far left, the cut off between the lighter and darker areas of the dash is quite pronounced. The dash shown here appears between the words 'swore - but'. The tail end of the letter 'b' shows microcode as does the upstroke proper.

All is learning. or so an ancient Chinse proverb tells us. I certainly agree with that statement and would add that lifelong learning keeps the mind sharp. Michel Angelo when in his 80s said the famous word, 'Ancora Imparo', I am still learning, and thus it is that this blog keeps adding and building on previous work as I continue to learn.

My most recent lesson this week is the discovery of an amazing software tool called Ben Vista Photo Zoom 6. You can, and, hopefully, will download a trial copy here.

With this tool, you can successfully enlarge a copy of Verse 70 to a point at which you can make out microcode in the letters of the wording. In other words, no processing needed apart from using the tool to enlarge the subject. The next stage is to use the bleaching process which will isolate the microcode details even further.

Here are some more examples:



The words above are from the last line in Verse 70, 'My threadbare...' The highlighted areas show strings of numbers with some letters


From line 1, 'Repentence...' The highlighted areas again show microcode and in some cases the letters/numbers extend out and over the line of the larger letters. You may also see what could be extended pencil strokes.






























Finally, from the last two lines the letter 's' from spring and the 'P' from Penitence, microcode showing in both within the highlighted areas.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Somerton Man: Breakthrough Verse 70 Microcode revealed, Amazing close up images...

VERSE 70 MICROCODE

Close up images, bleached and contrast adjusted, each marked up area contains visible microcode, the code consists of letters and numbers. Take your time and browse through the collection of microcode images shown in this post. They really are a major breakthrough. Those that have followed other paths and that have dismissed the work done here to date will now have to rethink their positions.

It is acknowledged that many people have put a lot of time and effort into pursuing historical information based on the people associated with the case, that work has not been wasted, it needs to be reviewed in the light of the evidence presented here.

My opinion is that the Verse 70 shown here, was used as a training exercise for Jestyn and possibly the Musgraves. Alf Boxall could well have been the trainer and was most certainly familiar with SOE secret communication methods, specifically, Ink H. That makes him an Intelligence operative and by association so was Jestyn and so was SM.


Image from the Fez Lady showing a string of numbers, but as you will see as you work down this page, that is just the beginning.




The number 70 at the bottom left and immediately above, shows a set of numbers which were put there by Alf Boxall thus proving that he was involved in the process. It also directly relates to the discovery of the Rubaiyat which contained more microcode concealed within the so-called, 'code page' as indeed does the torn piece containing the words Tamam Shud.

Now we clearly have Alf, Jestyn and The Somerton Man connected by virtue of the discovery of this microcode.

More examples below of what is amazing expertise being displayed by whoever wrote the microcode, some of the images are a little blurred for which I apologise! There is quite a collection as you can see but I have to tell you that this not all there is. There many more of these Verse 70 Images and when I get chance I will organise this into a better format/gallery, by clicking on the images, many of them will appear in a larger format.
















For all my fellow followers and contributors to Pete Bowes 'Toms by Two' blog, I hope that these images will display well on your screens! Any feedback you have is always very welcome and would be appreciated.

And for all those that doubted the existence of microcode in this case, I can understand the scepticism but the evidence is in and it is time now to put those doubts and scepticism behind. Getting to this information was simply a matter of using the bleaching method and then some basic image sharpening. More than happy to answer any questions related to the recovery methods used.

To my knowledge, whilst references are made in various books and manuals to this kind of clandestine communication method, the images presented on this blog are the first publicly viewable examples.