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  Glentham Q Site

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Updated: 5 Dec 12

Opened: 1942

Closed: >= 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Hemswell

English Heritage Site Reference: Q16C

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TF011893 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1464293

The Glentham Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Hemswell. It is referenced as being in use during 1942. By 1974 the site had been given over to agricultural use and no features of the decoy survive on site. RAF Hemswell was also protected by Q and Q/K sites at Caenby and Toft Grange. In Aug 1942, after the closure of Toft Grange, the crew operating that site moved to the new Q site at Glentham.

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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