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Updated: 5 Dec 12

Opened: <= 1942

Closed: => 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Bottesford

English Heritage Site Reference: Q139C

Approximate location of site centre: BNG SK872408 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1466048

The Foston Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Bottesford. This Q-type decoy displayed a series of lights simulating an active airfield. It is referenced as being in use during 1942. Aerial photography from 1944 shows an earthen mound located at SK86674105. By 1972 the majority of top soil had gone from the mound, revealing a shelter with two entrances fronted by blast walls. Further Q sites for RAF Bottesford were located at Tithby (Nottinghamshire) and Belvoir.

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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