Photograph, U.S. Navy Staff who Lead the Bombe Project


During World War II, the Allies successfully decrypted messages that had been enciphered by Axis forces using a cipher machine called the Enigma. This decrypting device was known in Britain and then the United States as the Bombe. The first American-made Bombe was completed in 1943, and by September of 1944 some 121 Bombes had been build at the NCR factory in Dayton, Ohio. This black-and-white photograph shows eight U.S. Navy staff responsible for leadership of the Bombe project.

Date Made: 1944

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: District of Columbia

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Credit Line: Philip J. Bochicchio

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.3110.12Catalog Number: 1989.3110.12Nonaccession Number: 1989.3110

Object Name: photograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 51 cm x 41 cm; 20 1/16 in x 16 1/8 in


Record Id: nmah_1372787

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