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Updated: 9 Dec 12

Opened: <= Aug 1941

Closed: > Aug 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Kirton in Lindsey

Decoy Site Reference Number: Q90A

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TA015050 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1465593

The Cadney Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Kirton in Lindsey. A control building was erected on the site at TA012047, which housed the power generator for the lights and provided crew shelter. It is referenced as being in use between August 1941 and August 1942. By 1973 the site had been turned into a reservoir 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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