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Updated: 9 Dec 12

Opened: <= Jun 1940

Closed: >= Jun 1943

Airfield decoyed: RAF Scampton, RAF Wickenby and RAF Ludford Magna

Decoy Site Reference Number: 19A, 177A, 192A

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TF133796 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1464337

The Rand Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Scampton (Q19A). It was later used as a decoy for RAF Wickenby (Q177A) (first occupants Sep 1942) and RAF Ludford Magna (Q192A) (first occupants in Jun 1943). The Rand site was in operation from at least June 1940 and was active during the August 1942 survey but probably continued beyond Jun 1943 to decoy Ludford Magna. An uncovered control building with its entrance fronted by a blast wall survives at the site in good condition.

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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