Fredrick William

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Fredrick William was born in Stroud, England back in 1897. Sorry I do not have any information about his parents or schooling. I do however, have thee rest of the story so let’s get to it.

During WWI, he joined the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Yeomanry (volunteer) later transferring to the Royal Flying Corps. He was shot down in 1917 and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner.

After the war, he received a law degree however, there is no ambition for an office job so he again joined the Royal Air Force. We’ll get into his assignments shortly.   When WWII started, he was ordered to report directly to Sir Hugh Sinclair.

For those history buffs like me I’m writing about Fredrick William Winterbotham who was a British Royal Air Force officer who supervised a group of people now know to us as Ultra. They were responsible for decryption of the German Enigma messages. It was so secret we didn’t know about it until 1974 when his book “The Ultra Secret” was released. Makes you wonder what else we don’t know about things that happened way before the war or after. Remember to keep a smile on our face and a penny in your pocket. You’ll be richer than most people on the planet.

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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I am a history buff myself. It is just amazes on what people have accomplished with a humble background

Apr 18, 2017 04:20 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well not suprised that it took that long, how many other things are hidden from the public?

Apr 18, 2017 04:35 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Just like everything it is always a handful that know or get the freebies!

It was a good book.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 18, 2017 04:42 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Fred was one of many who performed well behind the scenes well before transparency requires acting ahead of results! Enjoy your day!

Apr 18, 2017 05:05 AM #4
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That was one of the best kept secrets of World War II James Dray 

Apr 18, 2017 05:24 AM #5
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Just imagine how many stories are untold because they happened behind the scenes! Thanks for the story, James Dray 

Apr 18, 2017 05:29 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this history lesson.

Apr 18, 2017 05:53 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  Fascinating story that I would like to know more about.  I will try to get his book and read it.

Apr 18, 2017 06:03 AM #8
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am sure there is quite a lot of information that we are not told about what goes on behind the scenes.

Apr 18, 2017 06:50 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Read a lot about Alan Turing so I know a lot about this.

Apr 18, 2017 07:18 AM #10
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

A penny in your pocket I love that James Dray 

Apr 18, 2017 08:10 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting story, there are so many of them that have not come to light.  A

Apr 18, 2017 08:56 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I love this information like this. So many buried stories. And thank you Donald Urschalitz for another appropriate photo!!!

Apr 18, 2017 01:36 PM #13
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I hate wars, but I like hearing about the stuff the ULTRA group did. It is secretive, unique, intriguing, and also helpful, I guess. Like, it may shorten a war. You know how I feel about wars, guns, armament, etc.  On the Planet of the Angels, there just isn't such activity; it is the planet of love.

Apr 21, 2017 11:48 PM #14
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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A lot of parents do not mention about war days.  I know a high school student who found out about a girl scout swam across the creek with a flag and hang in in the bldg where the do and die soldiers hide during ww II. It was his mom. She stayed very low key.   Her photo taken in the US was in Life magazine front page during WW 2.

May 17, 2017 08:06 PM #15
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