Keeping the Secret: The Waves & NCR
Impact of Bombe on the War Effort

 

Impact Of Bombe On The War Effort

 

              On April 5, 1945, at an annual meeting of the Twenty-Five Year Club of NCR, Colonel Edward Deeds spoke of the work being done by the Waves and NCR for the war effort.

            “And in Building 26 for almost three years we have been engaged on a secret Navy project, the full story of which we hope can some day be told.  Whenever our country called, we responded willingly.  Whenever necessary, we literally tore the factory apart to get under way without delay.  Everybody in this room and the thousands of NCR employees who are not here, will always be able to point with pride to what they and their company did to help win the war.”

            According to Navy records, the Waves released 50,500 men to sea duty and filled 27,000 other jobs. 

            The building of the Bombe is possibly the best war time secret that was never compromised.  No one knew until the declassification of the records that this project existed.  This fact is something that the Waves involved with the Bombe project are very proud of.

            The world will never forget these ladies, or their work.  Because of their efforts it has been estimated that World War II was shortened by one, possibly two, years.  In 1945 General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a letter to the British military, wrote that information obtained from intercepted German messages “saved thousands of British and American lives and, in no small way, contributed to the speed with which the enemy was routed and eventually forced to surrender.”

            After the war the bombes were demolished by using crowbars and sledgehammers.  The only Bombe known to remain intact is the one located at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
 

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