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Civil Bombing Decoy C6l

Hob Uid: 1468283
Location :
Wirral
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : SJ2290088200
Summary : A Second World War bombing decoy located at Hoylake. It was built as part of the 'C-series' of civil decoys to deflect enemy bombing from Liverpool. This was a 'QF' decoy that consisted of a series of controlled fires lit during an air raid to replicate a target struck by bombs. It is referenced as being constructed in 1941 in use until 1943. Aerial photography from 1948 shows that the site had been given over to agricultural use and that no features of the decoy survived. Hoylake was one of fourteen civil bombing decoy sites for Liverpool.
More information : A Second World War 'QF' bombing decoy located at Hoylake (SJ 229 882). It was constructed as part of the 'C-series' of civil decoys to deflect enemy bombing from Liverpool. It is referenced as being in use on 01-MAY-1943. (1)

Aerial photography shows that by 1948 the site had been given over to agricultural use and no features of the decoy survive. (2)

NGR concords with that given in source 1. The first civil decoys for Liverpool were in place by the summer of 1941. The bombing decoys for Liverpool had limited success, possibly because the decoys were positioned too far out from their intended targets. (3)

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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Page(s) : 63
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Source Number : 3
Source : Fields of deception: Britain's bombing decoys of World War II
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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

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SJ 28 NW 121
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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