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  Willoughby Walks Q-site decoy airfield

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Updated: 6 Dec 12

Opened: <= 20 Mar 1942

Closed: > Aug 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Barkston Heath and RAF Cranwell

Decoy Site Reference Number: Q127A and Q171A

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TF035409 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1465719

The WIlloughby Walks Q site was a Second World War night-time Q site bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Barkston Heath and subsequently RAF Cranwell. It is referenced as being in use between at least 20 Mar 1942 and 12 Aug 1942. By 1976 the site had been given over to agricultural use and no features of the decoy survive.

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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