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  Burnham Q Site

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Updated: 5 Dec 12

Opened: 1941

Closed: => 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Goxhill

English Heritage Site Reference: Q104A

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TA044177 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1465728

The Burnham Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Goxhill. This Q-type decoy displayed a series of lights simulating an active airfield. It was constructed in 1941, the same year that RAF Goxhill opened. By 1976 the site had been given over to agricultural use and no features of the decoy survive.

Q-sites operated at night and tried to lure the enemy with sets of lights arranged to look like a real operational airfield, set out over up to a mile and a half of countryside. Q sites generally had a night-time staff of two who would check lighting before dusk and await nightfall in a shelter. See further reading on dummy and decoy sites.

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