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Updated: 5 Dec 12

Opened: <= 1942

Closed: => 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Digby

English Heritage Site Reference: Q21B

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TF095543 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1464734

The Dorrington Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Digby. This Q-type decoy displayed a series of lights simulating an active airfield. It is referenced as being in use during 1942. By the 1970s the site had been given over to agricultural use and no features of the decoy survive on site. A further Q site for RAF Digby was located at Ruskington on the former RFC Anwick airfield.

Q-sites operated at night and tried to lure the enemy with sets of lights arranged to look like a real operational airfield, set out over up to a mile and a half of countryside. Q sites generally had a night-time staff of two who would check lighting before dusk and await nightfall in a shelter. See further reading on dummy and decoy sites.

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