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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Enigma Machine Hero Lived in Milford on Sea

Enigma machine
Lieutenant Commander David Balme, who seized the Nazis’ top-secret Enigma machine while raiding a sinking U-Boat has died aged 95, having lived at St George's nursing home in Milford on Sea in his final years.

Lt-Cmdr Balme was born London on 1st October 1920 and joined the navy in 1934.

David served aboard the Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Bulldog, and he led a team that stormed the German ship U-110 and seized the Nazi code machine.

Sir Winston Churchill acknowledged that those involved in the code-cracking operation had helped shorten the war by two years.

Lt-Cmdr David Balmeclick image to enlarge
New Forest East MP Julian Lewis presented a certificate from David Cameron to Lt-Cmdr David Balme at St George's nursing home before his passing.

To read the full story in the Daily Echo - click here.

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