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HER Number:MDV72067
Name:'QF' Bombing decoy, Woodbury

Summary

The site of Woodbury QF bombing decoy site is visible as a series of earthwork bank and ditched features on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards, on Colaton Raleigh Common.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 048 880
Map Sheet:SY08NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishColaton Raleigh
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLATON RALEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOMBING DECOY (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4272-73 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

The bombing decoy site is visible as a series of earthwork bank and ditched features. Map object based on this source.


Dobinson, C. S., 1996, Bombing decoys of WWII (Report - non-specific). SDV324125.

Site of Woodbury QF Bombing Decoy for RAF Exeter. QF Site used diversionary fires to simulate damage from incendiary bombing. Parent site and control post at RAF Exeter.


Francis, P., 1999, Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council, 60 (Report - non-specific). SDV323390.

Reference to one Corporal and five airmen reporting to the new 'QF' site at Woodbury on 18 April 1941.


Exeter Archaeology, 2007, East Devon Access Land Archaeological Survey 2007, 61-62, Site I (Archive - Survey). SDV351571.

There is a 1941 reference to a ‘QF’ bombing decoy site at Woodbury. The site used diversionary fires to simulate damage from incendiary bombing. Parent site and control post at RAF Exeter (grid reference is actually within Colaton Raleigh).

Public footpath runs through this general area but existence/whereabouts of any associated features unknown. Be aware of the potential existence of features during vegetation clearance in this area and avoid damaging any exposed features.

Good candidate for inclusion in interpretation of World War Two feature/sites.


Next Perspectives, 2010, Aerial Photography for Great Britain, Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SY0487; SY0488 22-MAY-2010 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356259.

The remains of the bombing decoy site are visible as partial earthwork banked features.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

The site of Woodbury QF bombing decoy site is visible as a series of earthwork bank and ditched features on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards, on Colaton Raleigh Common. The site occupies an area of approximately 1.45 hectares of gentle to moderate southeast facing slope, towards the northern fringe of the common. It comprises four discrete earthwork features of various size and shape, with the northern two distinctly rectilinear in form, whilst those to the south being more irregular. All four appear however, to be defined by a shallow fire break ditch, which is flanked by both an inner and outer bank or walled structure. The remains of the bombing decoy site remain visible as partial earthwork banked or walled features on digital images derived from aerial photographs taken in 2010. The site of the generator building and control shelter for the decoy is located to the southwest.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project Site Visit (Site Visit). SDV357653.

A site visit was carried out here on the 23-Oct-2015. Although the site is covered with thick gorse and heathland vegetation, the remains of the southeastern two earthworks are clearly visible as prominent bank and ditched features, with a series of surviving and probably contemporary concrete posts of a former fence around each of these.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Report - non-specific: Francis, P.. 1999. Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council. Airfield Research Publishing Report. Digital + A4. 60.
  • Report - non-specific: Dobinson, C. S.. 1996. Bombing decoys of WWII. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England. III. A4 Stapled + Digital.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4272-73 13-APR-1946.
  • Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2010. Aerial Photography for Great Britain. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SY0487; SY0488 22-MAY-2010.
  • Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
  • Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2007. East Devon Access Land Archaeological Survey 2007. East Devon Access Land Archaeological Survey 2007. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 61-62, Site I.
  • Site Visit: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project Site Visit. AC Archaeology.

Associated Monuments

MDV70415Related to: Control Shelter and Generator Building, Colaton Raleigh Common (Monument)
MDV72068Related to: 'Q' Bombing decoy, Woodbury (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)
  • EDV6924 - The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments NMP project (Ref: ACD1228)

Date Last Edited:Nov 2 2015 9:56AM