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HER Number:MDV59228
Name:World War II Bombing Decoy at Down Thomas


Site of a World War II Bombing Decoy at Down Thomas


Grid Reference:SX 497 502
Map Sheet:SX45SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEMBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX45SE/787

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOMBING DECOY (XX - 1901 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177799.

Crawshaw, A. /WWII decoy sites/(Nov 1996)/MS/in SMR.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177800.

Crawshaw, A. /WWII decoy sites/(1996)/disk in SMR.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177801.

Dobinson, C. S. (CBA)/20th Century Fortifications in England/III(1996)116,119/Bombing decoys/in SMR.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV177802.

APH=RAF/CPE/UK/1890/2127/(10/12/1946)/SMR 57/81.

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 2127 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

RAF 1946 AP records probable decoy site to S at SX44NE/2. However, there may be evidence of a shelter at SX49855023. Mounds near to SX497502 may be topsoil or manure (APH).

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

Starfish and night light decoy. Documented between 1/8/1941 and 12/3/1942 (Dobinson).

Crawshaw, A., 1996, WWII Bombing decoys (Un-published). SDV145387.

Bombing decoy for Plymouth at Down Thomas. SF type - Special Fire, or 'Starfish' to simulate urban damage. Operational by 1/8/1941. See also SX44NE/2 + subsheet (Crawshaw).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2127.
SDV145387Un-published: Crawshaw, A.. 1996. WWII Bombing decoys.
SDV177799Migrated Record:
SDV177800Migrated Record:
SDV177801Migrated Record:
SDV177802Aerial Photograph:
SDV324125Report - non-specific: Dobinson, C. S.. 1996. Bombing decoys of WWII. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England. III. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV12626Related to: Second World War bombing decoy at Down Thomas, Wembury (Monument)
MDV59229Related to: World War II Bombing Decoy at Down Thomas (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 9 2019 4:07PM