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Updated: 9 Dec 12

Opened: >= 1941

Closed: >= 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Donna Nook

Decoy Site Reference Number: 121a

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TA403002 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: n/a

The Marsh Chapel Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Donna Nook. It is referenced as being in use during August 1942. Donna Nook had originally been built as a K site bombing decoy for RAF North Coates airfieldbut was converted into a genuine satelite airfield in January 1941. After the conversion, Marsh Chapel was opened to act as in turn as Donna Nook's Q site bombing decoy.

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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