The collection documents the use of racing homer
pigeons during World War II to carry messages. The collection consists
primarily of publications, photographs, and documents related to WWII and the
use of racing pigeons. Also included are messages carried by the pigeons.
During World War II, Hayes served in the "pigeon corps" of the U.S.
Army, where his expertise with racing pigeons was recognized and he was placed
in charge of a large group of new men with little experience in racing pigeons.
The company started as the 829th Pigeon Platoon or the Africa Pigeon Corp.
Later in South Italy, it was changed to the 6681st Signal Pigeon Co. (Prov).
Lastly, the name was changed from the 6681st Signal Pigeon Co. to the 209th
Signal Pigeon Co.
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the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the