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  Caenby Q Site

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Updated: 5 Dec 12

Opened: ??

Closed: ??

Airfield decoyed: RAF Hemswell

English Heritage Site Reference: Q16A

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TF000895 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: n/k

The Caenby Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Hemswell. This Q-type decoy displayed a series of lights simulating an active airfield. It was constructed in ?? THe site included dummy plywood buildings, inflatable rubber aircraft or vehicles, and a ploughed faux runway set up to simulate an active airfield. RAF Hemswell was also protected by Q and Q/K sites at Glentham and Toft Grange.

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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