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  Maxey Q-site decoy airfield and HF/DF site

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Updated: 6 Dec 12

Opened: Jun 1940

Closed: => 12 Aug 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Wittering

English Heritage Site Reference: Q34A

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TF143218 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1464688

The Maxey Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built 4 km east of Bourne to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Wittering. It is referenced as being in use between 19 Jun 1941 and 12 Aug 1942.

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.

In 1955 Maxey was described as belonging to 90 (Signals) Group, as a subsite of 661 Signals Unit - Mere, Branston. By then it has three permanent brick HF/DF operations buildings, mains water and electricity and a 20 kVA Lister standby unit (ref SD747).

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