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    Can anybody shed any light on the location of any WWII decoy airfields or Q sites. Especially any located in the Lincolnshire area

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    Hi Brave D. You could always start with Colin Dobson's "Fields of Deception: Britain's Bombing Decoys of WWII"

    This could turn into an interesting thread, so if anyone has anything to inout to it, let's have it! Don't have time at the moment.

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    If you use Google Earth there is a kmz file which places the decoys.

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    Noel, can you post a link for the download for it. My kmz files have gone missing and I need to reinstall 'em.

    Cheers mate.

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    Hi Brave D
    Information about decoy and Q airfields on Flixton museum site http://www.aviationmuseum.net/
    The remains of the one at Fulmodestone nr Fakenham Norfolk.(pic on site) is still there. Was the decoy for Foulsham.

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    Just came across this from Len Bartram's book RAF Foulsham 1942- 1947

    Dummy aerodrome.
    There was a Dummy (decoy) aerodrome site A-K later a Q site at nearby Fulmodeston its position was North side of the Hindolveston road not far from Raw Hall farm house. It was constructed during 1940/41 as a decoy for west Rayham when a number of wooden dummy Blenheim bombers were seen on the mock runway, lights were then installed, these lights were operated by a two man crew from a semi underground bunker on the edge of the site. An air raid shelter was constructed by the RAF for the occupants of the farmhouse. A number of bombs were dropped close to the site. the control bunker was still intact in 1992.

    As in my previous posting it still there.

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    Thanks for the gen. I have noticed a number of farms in the Lincolnshire area that are called Decoy Farm and was wondering if there could be any connection. Lincolnshires busy wartime airfields must have had a number of decoy sites. Keep the info coming.

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    Market Deeping matey, also has an ROC post and a stanton shelter.

    http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.66012 ... =0&src=msl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brave D
    Thanks for the gen. I have noticed a number of farms in the Lincolnshire area that are called Decoy Farm and was wondering if there could be any connection. Lincolnshires busy wartime airfields must have had a number of decoy sites. Keep the info coming.
    Hi Brave D.

    Decoy Farm(s) have nothing to do with airfields I'm afraid. The word is derived from "Dutch Decoy" and they were originally small ponds, introduced from Holland (naturally!) during the 1700's for the purpose of attracting wild ducks for capture and food for table. James 1st reputedly had the first one dug. The decoy ducks were either live ducks, probably incapable of flight, or carved wooden ones, to attract wild fowl. Once landed, the ducks were driven along pipes or sluices into nets where they would be caught. Next stop, the oven.

    The names of farms (and other locations) which takes their name from this were, in all likelihood, the former sites of such ponds which were either lost to enclosure or just fell out of use but the name perpetuated.

    Hope this helps.

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    Wow Chris, you're not just a pretty face, there's a decoy and a pub called the Decoy near Peterborough

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