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Updated: 6 Dec 12

Opened: <=Aug 1942

Closed: >= Aug 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Elsham Wolds

English Heritage Site Reference: Q103B

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TA000203 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1465719

The South Ferriby Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Elsham Wolds. It is referenced as being in use in August 1942. By 1971 the site had been given over to agricultural use and no features of the decoy survive. RAF Elsham Wolds was also protected by a Q site at Great Limber.

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.

location of RAF Elsham Wolds in relation to Lincolnshire - click here for full-size map showing all station locations

RAF Elsham Wolds Association

RAF Elsham Wolds on ControlTowers.co.uk

Airfield decoys and deception

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