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  Ludborough Q Site

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Updated: 5 Dec 12

Opened: < 1 Aug 1942

Closed: > 12 Aug 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Binbrook

English Heritage Site Reference: Q85C

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TF284960 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1465541

The Ludborough Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Binbrook. It is referenced as being operational in Aug 1942. After the war the site was given over to agricultural use. The partial remains of a building, most likely the control building, survive at the site with its entrance fronted by a blast wall. RAF Binbrook was also protected by Q sites at Kelstern and Wyham.

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.

On 28 Aug 1941 a Hampden (AD917 KM-P) of RAF Waddington-based 44 Sqn crash landed at 1000 hrs onto the Potterhanworth decoy, on return from a night stop at Horsham St Faith following a mining operation. Two of the crew were killed, two injured. (Sgt BW Johnson and FS WH Saville injured, Sgts S Mallen and EA Windsor KIA)

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