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Airfield Bombing Decoy Q18b

Hob Uid: 1464311
Location :
Lincolnshire
East Lindsey
Frithville and Westville
Grid Ref : TF2980049600
Summary : A Second World War bombing decoy site at Frithville that was built to deflect enemy bombing from Royal Air Force Coningsby airfield. This was a 'Q-type' night decoy, which displayed a sequence of lights to simulate an active airfield. Frithville also operated as a decoy for the Manby armament training station. It is referenced as being in operation during 1942. By 1970 an uncovered shelter still remained in good condition at the site, and part of a blast wall survived. Further bombing decoy sites for Royal Air Force Coningsby airfield were located at Hagnaby and Sibsey, and a further decoy for Manby located at Mablethorpe.
More information : A Second World War 'Q-type' bombing decoy located at Frithville (TF 298 496). It was constructed to deflect enemy night bombing from RAF Coningsby and Manby. In operation on 12-AUG-1942. Further bombing decoys for RAF Coningsby and Manby were located at Hagnaby (TF 352 618) and Sibsey (TF 367 528). (1)

By 1970 an uncovered shelter with entrances survived in good condition along with part of a blast wall, as shown by aerial photography. (2)

NGR concords with that given in source 1. (3)

Aerial photograph used to show survival condition of decoy as referenced in source 2. (4)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Twentieth century fortifications in England, volume 3. Bombing decoys of WWII : England's passive air defences, 1939-45
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Source Number : 2
Source : Twentieth century military recording project: World War Two bombing decoy sites
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Source Number : 3
Source : Fields of deception: Britain's bombing decoys of World War II
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Source Number : 4
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : OS/732236/697
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : Second World War
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Bombing Decoy
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TF 24 NE 15
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, LANDSCAPES OF WAR RECORDING PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31