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    I have come across information which says that when Ballyhalbert Airfield was opened in June 1941, there was a decoy at Kearney, which is near to Portaferry.

    Would anyone have any information relating to this?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballyhalbert View Post
    I have come across information which says that when Ballyhalbert Airfield was opened in June 1941, there was a decoy at Kearney, which is near to Portaferry.

    Would anyone have any information relating to this?


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    David
    David,

    What kind of info are you looking for. Apart knowing roughly where the
    Kearney site is, there's not a lot more known about it. One possibility would to talk to eldery people in that area who might be able to add some more details.

    Hugo.
    Last edited by hugoj_air; 29-07-2009 at 23:40.

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    Hi,
    I have seen mention that a "Decoy site was operated at Kearney" in the Action Stations book.

    I have a few questions -

    What would be used to present a decoy site? - False markings on the ground, brick buildings or the occasional inflatable aircraft?? - I have no knowledge of such things.

    Where was the location and would there be anything remaining which can be recognised as such??

    Hope you can help.


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    Default Re: Kearney

    This is the one near Portaferry: FAUGHANVALE

    No Q142, Decoy
    Parent - Eglington
    NGR: J 634524

    The site named KEARNEY (Q143) and parented by Ballyhalbert is listed as
    NGR: C 577219.

    Information from Fields of Deception: Britain's Bombing Decoys of WWII by Colin Dobinson Published by English Heritage

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    Brilliant,
    Thank-you


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    Paid a visit here today and was finally successful (Try, try and try again as they say!)
    On each other occasion I was in the area of the 'runway' but on this occasion I was in conversation with a local who directed me to a shelter.

    There were apparently 2 personel here and they had electric lighting laid out to look like a runway. - Inside the shelter is a block on which a generator would have stood. There is also only one entrance from which the generator room is on the right with another room on the left from which there is a ladder to escape through the roof if necessary.

    Very interesting.

    Hope to have some piccies on my site soon.

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    Odd coincidence. Since I have been looking at NI airfields recently, I found a (short) list of Decoy Sites and it occurred to me that you might be interested but I see you are ahead of me!

    I should like to think that there are some worthwhile remains out there awaiting discovery. The control bunker is the most durable usually sited in a hedgerow or copse and so tends not to interfere with agricultural reclamation. I shall check out your site in due course.

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