Martin Postranecky | 2 Mar 14:02 2005
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OBITUARY - Brian Townend

THE TIMES
March 02, 2005

OBITUARY - Brian Townend
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Cryptanalyst who learnt Japanese from a destroyer's logbook and broke the
enemy's naval codes

AFTER reading Greats at Oxford, Brian Townend was recruited by the Foreign
Office at the outset of the Second World War and was sent to the
Government Code and Cipher School at Bletchley Park to train as a
cryptanalyst. As such he was to make a contribution to the prosecution of
the war in the Far East through the reading of Japanese encrypted signal
traffic. For this purpose he learnt Russian and Japanese, both with a very
specialised vocabulary. Indeed his Japanese was learnt from the logbook of
a captured destroyer of the Imperial Navy.

In 1942 he was posted as a civilian attached to the Royal Navy
intelligence staff at Kilindini in Kenya, where one of the preoccupations
was breaking the ciphers with which the Japanese Merchant Navy
communicated with the Imperial Navy and protected its shipping routes.

Allied codebreakers had already, in May 1940, broken one code, dubbed
JN39, causing the Japanese to change it. Then early in 1941, before
America had been drawn into the war, the FBI had stolen a copy of the
changed codebook from a Japanese freighter in San Francisco harbour. When
they found out, the Japanese promptly changed the code again.

The new code, named JN40 by the Allies, was worked on at Kilindini by John
McInnes and Townend, who in September 1942 had a lucky break when a
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Tony Sale | 12 Mar 18:03 2005
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lListing of D Block

All,  Have now received notification of Listing of D Block Grade II. It
is up on www.bletchleyparkheritage.org.uk Page 6

Will post a new sit rep next week. Lots to report, keep looking at
Status Log
regards--
Tony Sale

Graham Ellsbury | 12 Mar 19:10 2005

Re: lListing of D Block

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bletchley Park discussion
> [mailto:BLETCHLEYPARK@...]On Behalf Of Tony Sale
> Sent: 12 March 2005 17:04
> To: BLETCHLEYPARK@...
> Subject: [BPARK] lListing of D Block
>
>
> All,  Have now received notification of Listing of D Block Grade II. It
> is up on www.bletchleyparkheritage.org.uk Page 6
>
> Will post a new sit rep next week. Lots to report, keep looking at
> Status Log
> regards--
> Tony Sale
>

Graham Ellsbury | 12 Mar 19:44 2005

Re: lListing of D Block

Tony

Very well done indeed!

Regards

Graham

> All,  Have now received notification of Listing of D Block Grade II. It
> is up on www.bletchleyparkheritage.org.uk Page 6
>
> Will post a new sit rep next week. Lots to report, keep looking at
> Status Log
> regards--
> Tony Sale
>

Norman Jackson | 13 Mar 12:01 2005
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Re: lListing of D Block

Tony,

Many congratulations on a job well done ! It is encouraging that people with
the power to make the vital decisions recognise the unique historical
importance of Bletchley Park.

Kind regards
Norman Jackson
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Sale" <tsale@...>
To: <BLETCHLEYPARK@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 12, 2005 5:03 PM
Subject: [BPARK] lListing of D Block

> All,  Have now received notification of Listing of D Block Grade II. It
> is up on www.bletchleyparkheritage.org.uk Page 6
>
> Will post a new sit rep next week. Lots to report, keep looking at
> Status Log
> regards--
> Tony Sale
>

Tony Sale | 13 Mar 16:33 2005
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Heritage buildings in BP

All, have updated more pages in www.bletchleyparkheritage.org.uk, see
Status Log, and added page 11, Dept of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)
policy paper on disposal of Historic buildings, which D Block
undoubtedly is now that it is Listed Grade II.
Note sections 5.2, 8.9 and 9.5 on disposal to Trusts. This would apply
to a new Trust, say CodesandCiphers Trust, wishing to purchase D Block.
I particularly like the ".. with a dowry" bit where Historic buildings
have been allowed to deteriorate.
regards--
Tony Sale


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