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Daveg4otu
21-08-2008, 12:06
Does anyone have any info on a supposed WW2 Decoy site at Newton Poppleford - approx 8 miles ESE from Exeter?

21-08-2008, 21:35
The decoy control / generator block still stands and is fenced off because I believe there are bats roosting there. The land is a RSPB or some other kind of nature reserve. Nothing else extant though.

Similarly the control block for the decoy airfield at Slindon in West Sussex still stands.

I have also discovered the minimal remains of a decoy site near Long Load in Somerset. I am told by the farmer that it was a decoy for Yeovilton and yet it may have been a naval decoy site. My understanding is there were several decoy sites for Yeovilton and the one at Long Load is definitely in the right kind of location to be a decoy airfield. Anyone elses thoughts on this one would be appreciated.

Daveg4otu
22-08-2008, 07:35
Can you post the exact location of the Newton Poppleford site please?

PETERTHEEATER
22-08-2008, 07:52
According to my notes there were four Decoy Sites for Exeter.

1. Aylesbeare (?) Common SY056902 Q

2. Clyst st Mary SX993917 Q/QF

3. Woodbury SY048882 QF

4. Clyst Hydon (?) ST 056012 Q

Number 3 would seem to be the nearest to Newton Poppleford.

There is a book titled 'Fields of Deception' by Colin Dobson which covers the history of all the decoy sites in the UK. My copy is on loan so I can't state the ISBN.

By their nature, they were non-permanent and at most sites there are no visible remains.

Extant remains are usually the Control Shelters at sites that were used as night decoys since these were substantial brick and concrete structures housing generators and site crew.

You asked about 'Exeter' so I assume that you are referring to the airfield which is what the Q sites were intended to protect. However, there was a Civil decoys site 'Starfish' at Ide SX 902893 intended to decoy attacks on the city proper.

Peter H

Daveg4otu
22-08-2008, 07:59
Thanks for that Peter...and yes it was Exeter Airfield I was refering to.

PETERTHEEATER
23-08-2008, 06:25
The decoy control / generator block still stands and is fenced off because I believe there are bats roosting there. The land is a RSPB or some other kind of nature reserve. Nothing else extant though.

Similarly the control block for the decoy airfield at Slindon in West Sussex still stands.

I have also discovered the minimal remains of a decoy site near Long Load in Somerset. I am told by the farmer that it was a decoy for Yeovilton and yet it may have been a naval decoy site. My understanding is there were several decoy sites for Yeovilton and the one at Long Load is definitely in the right kind of location to be a decoy airfield. Anyone elses thoughts on this one would be appreciated.

Soory boozefighter, I missed your query first time around.

The only decoy for Yeovilton is recorded as an RN managed Q/QF site at NGR ST503245 named King's Moor which is slightly to the east of Long Load and is probably the site to which you refer.

Well to the south were Decoy sites for Yeovil city located at Chinnock NGR ST496146. This was a Q/QF Civil Site but colocated was a Starfish site.

Peter H

rat256
22-11-2010, 00:28
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/5196054331_7fd14fe7d5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenhurrell/5196054331/)
decoy site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenhurrell/5196054331/) by owenhurrell (http://www.flickr.com/people/owenhurrell/), on Flickr
seems like a likely place. i'm on holiday about 4 miles from here! looks like concrete bases/plinths.

about 3 miles up the road there is another interesting site. row of temporary brick huts, a largeish shed and a watertower. the nearest population is harcombe. i'm either looking in the wrong place, or its a bit of a mystery.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5196675160_944c7e2ffd.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenhurrell/5196675160/)
unknown site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenhurrell/5196675160/) by owenhurrell (http://www.flickr.com/people/owenhurrell/), on Flickr
what do you reckon?

P Bellamy
22-11-2010, 03:11
About 3 miles up the road there is another interesting site. row of temporary brick huts, a largeish shed and a watertower. the nearest population is harcombe. i'm either looking in the wrong place, or its a bit of a mystery.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5196675160_944c7e2ffd.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenhurrell/5196675160/)
unknown site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenhurrell/5196675160/) by owenhurrell (http://www.flickr.com/people/owenhurrell/), on Flickr
what do you reckon?

I believe that's the remains of RAF Branscombe Chain Home Radar Station.

All the best,
PB

PETERTHEEATER
22-11-2010, 09:03
I have Branscombe Chain Home site here:

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=50.68622691078185&lon=-3.1481140851974487&gz=19&oz=7&gt=1

Was the 'unknown site' associated i.e. accommodation?

P Bellamy
22-11-2010, 17:45
I had Branscombe marked some distance away too, but looking at the collection of West Coast CH structures existing at this Kingsdown location and comparing them with other known West Coast CH sites I guess the given location is either incorrect or another part of the site.
The 3-bay hut at the entrance to the caravan site matches the roofless one at RAF Trerew perfectly for example.

All the best,
PB

rat256
23-11-2010, 20:47
it would appear that its another bit of it...

http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/showthread.php?p=63251

very interesting. i would have spotted the base under the watertower if my girlfriend wouldn't drive past stuff so blasted quickly!

Foxylady
06-01-2011, 00:20
Hi guys. I was interested in finding out more about the decoy site, but got rather a surprise seeing my DP RAF Branscombe CH thread linked on here. lol. Anyway, just to confirm info about the Kingsdown site, the first section from the left (on the GE pic) belonged to the Officers Billets, the next section (in what is now the campsite) was the main site, across the road is the Operation Room, which is now part of the farm. The farm worker who allowed me to take a pic told me that inside is a room inside a room, both made from reinforced concrete, but I wasn't able to see inside. The 'watertower' further along the road isn't a watertower, but the base of the transmitter/receiver control room, the mast on top, which is now used for a modern day mast array. There are two more small buildings remaining in a field further along a lane leading to Branscombe. One of them was the genny room, and the other (I believe) was the secondary emergency Ops.

I've seen some info about the decoy site and I'll post it up if I can find it. There are a few interesting remains there, but I'm still not sure where it is exactly. It's been on my 'list' now for a couple of years. lol.