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Updated: 6 Dec 12

Opened: <= 1 Aug 1941

Closed: => 12 Aug 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Elsham Wolds

English Heritage Site Reference: Q103A

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TA140074 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1465719

The Great Limber Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Elsham Wolds. It is referenced as being in use between 1941 and 1942. By 1978 the site had been given over to agricultural use and no features of the decoy survive. RAF Elsham Wolds was also protected by a Q site at South Ferriby.

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.

A visitor to RAF-Lincolnshire.info has provided information that Air Britain serials reports that Oxford I, V4214 of 15 (P)AFU lost sight of the flarepath and overturned whilst landing on Q-Site, Great Timber (sic) on 14 Aug 1942.

location of RAF Elsham Wolds in relation to Lincolnshire - click here for full-size map showing all station locations

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RAF Elsham Wolds on ControlTowers.co.uk

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