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  Sibsey Q Site

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Updated: 5 Dec 12

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Airfield decoyed: RAF Coningsby, RAF Manby, then RAF East Kirkby

English Heritage Site Reference: Q18C and Q129A

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TF367528 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1464314

The Sibsey Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Coningsby and RAF Manby, later serving to defend RAF East Kirkby, some 7 miles distant, in at least 1942. By 1970 the Sibsey decoy site had been given over to agricultural use and no features of the decoy survive. Further decoy sites for RAF Coningsby and Manby were located at Hagnaby, Frithville and Mablethorpe.

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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