Frederick William Winterbotham

Frederick William Winterbotham (1897–1990) was a British Royal Air Force officer (latterly a Group Captain) who during World War II supervised the distribution of Ultra intelligence. His book The Ultra Secret was the first popular account of Ultra to be published in Britain. https://sites.google.com/site/warrenbellauthor/
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Having already survived much longer than the average pilot, Frederick was captured by a German Officer who pulled him from the wreckage of his plane. Frederick was held for just over a week in a prisoner's cage near a German aerodrome. There were soon enough Royal Flying Corps casualties to warrant their transportation to a basic transit camp in Karlsrue, Germany before being dispatched to a P.O.W. camp where he was to spend the rest of the war…

Having already survived much longer than the average pilot, Frederick was captured by a German Officer who pulled him from the wreckage of his plane. Frederick was held for just over a week in a prisoner's cage near a German aerodrome. There were soon enough Royal Flying Corps casualties to warrant their transportation to a basic transit camp in Karlsrue, Germany before being dispatched to a P.O.W. camp where he was to spend the rest of the war…

Frederick was already in the Gloucestershire Yeomanry before he was recruited by the RFC. He arrived in Oxford in Oct 1916 for his 2 months initial training. No 29 Squadron and dispatched to Belgium as a Rotary Scout. His service was short lived as he was reported missing on 13 Jul 1917, having been shot down and captured by the Germans.  https://sites.google.com/site/warrenbellauthor/

Frederick was already in the Gloucestershire Yeomanry before he was recruited by the RFC. He arrived in Oxford in Oct 1916 for his 2 months initial training. No 29 Squadron and dispatched to Belgium as a Rotary Scout. His service was short lived as he was reported missing on 13 Jul 1917, having been shot down and captured by the Germans. https://sites.google.com/site/warrenbellauthor/

At Bletchley Park, a British government establishment located north of London, a small group of code breakers developed techniques for decrypting intercepted messages that had been coded by German operators using electrical cipher machines, the most important of which were the Enigma and, later in the war, the sophisticated Tunny machine.  https://sites.google.com/site/warrenbellauthor/

At Bletchley Park, a British government establishment located north of London, a small group of code breakers developed techniques for decrypting intercepted messages that had been coded by German operators using electrical cipher machines, the most important of which were the Enigma and, later in the war, the sophisticated Tunny machine. https://sites.google.com/site/warrenbellauthor/

Frederick William Winterbotham (1897–1990) was a British Royal Air Force officer (latterly a Group Captain) who during World War II supervised the distribution of Ultra intelligence. His book The Ultra Secret was the first popular account of Ultra to be published in Britain. The Ultra Secret How The British Broke The German Code.  https://sites.google.com/site/warrenbellauthor/

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In 1939 a small government department was set up in Buckinghamshire'. One of its tasks was to crack the German coding machine, Enigma which was being used to carry the secret signals between the topmost enemy commands. This operation was code-named ‘Ultra’. (This British cover-name was adopted in June 1941 and onwards for all high level intelligence obtained from signals from Enigma, 'Fish') Group-Captain F.W. Winterbotham was responsible for the organization.

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Letter from Wing Commander Winterbotham  Directorate of Intelligence, to GM Garro Jones, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Production. Winterbotham expresses enthusiasm for Wallis and his "rota-mine" which had already proved itself two months earlier in a test against the Nant-y-Gro Dam in Wales.

Letter from Wing Commander Winterbotham Directorate of Intelligence, to GM Garro Jones, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Production. Winterbotham expresses enthusiasm for Wallis and his "rota-mine" which had already proved itself two months earlier in a test against the Nant-y-Gro Dam in Wales.

He might be the most prominent military officer you never heard of. His behind-the-scenes activities before and during WWII dramatically impacted the conduct and outcome of the war, but were kept secret for decades after it   A pilot with the British Royal Flying Corps during WWI, he was shot down and spent 18 months as a POW in Germany. After the war, he earned a law degree from Oxford, then tried his hand at farming in England, Kenya and Rhodesia, but never warmed up to civilian life.

He might be the most prominent military officer you never heard of. His behind-the-scenes activities before and during WWII dramatically impacted the conduct and outcome of the war, but were kept secret for decades after it A pilot with the British Royal Flying Corps during WWI, he was shot down and spent 18 months as a POW in Germany. After the war, he earned a law degree from Oxford, then tried his hand at farming in England, Kenya and Rhodesia, but never warmed up to civilian life.

Frederick was awarded this Aviator Certificate on 27 February 1917. Unfortunately, the aircraft type and location are not recorded.    F. W. Winterbotham is a historical character in Warren Bell’s debut novel Fall Eagle One      - See more at: http://mfo.me.uk/img_viewer.php?.sa=1=766=1707#sthash.a9KyERS3.dpuf

Frederick was awarded this Aviator Certificate on 27 February 1917. Unfortunately, the aircraft type and location are not recorded. F. W. Winterbotham is a historical character in Warren Bell’s debut novel Fall Eagle One - See more at: http://mfo.me.uk/img_viewer.php?.sa=1=766=1707#sthash.a9KyERS3.dpuf

This photograph of Frederick was taken on 27 February 1917. This was probably taken upon the issue of his Aviator's Certificate. - See more at: http://mfo.me.uk/showmedia.php?mediaID=767=1736#sthash.Lou9UYRC.dpuf

This photograph of Frederick was taken on 27 February 1917. This was probably taken upon the issue of his Aviator's Certificate. - See more at: http://mfo.me.uk/showmedia.php?mediaID=767=1736#sthash.Lou9UYRC.dpuf

The Ultra Secret by F. W. Winterbotham. Operation Ultra was designed to intercept and decode World War II German signals sent using Enigma, the top-secret German cypher machine, a device so sophisticated that its existence was kept top secret until the 1970's. F.W. Winterbotham was the man responsible for the organization, distribution and security of Ultra. This is his personal account of the operation.

The Ultra Secret by F. W. Winterbotham. Operation Ultra was designed to intercept and decode World War II German signals sent using Enigma, the top-secret German cypher machine, a device so sophisticated that its existence was kept top secret until the 1970's. F.W. Winterbotham was the man responsible for the organization, distribution and security of Ultra. This is his personal account of the operation.


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