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  Gautby Q Site

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Updated: 5 Dec 12

Opened: ??

Closed: listed as abandoned in Aug 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Waddington

English Heritage Site Reference: Q/K20C

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TF170714 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record:

The Gautby Q/K site was a Second World War day and night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Waddington. It is located approximately 2 km east of RAF Bardney. The decoy control bunker is still intact and visible from the road. RAF Waddington was also protected by a decoy site at Potterhanworth.

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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