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Updated: 5 Dec 12

Opened: <=1941

Closed: < Aug 1942

Airfield decoyed: RAF Binbrook

English Heritage Site Reference: Q85A

Approximate location of site centre: BNG TF258939 (Streetmap)

Pastscape record: 1465537

The Wyham Q site was a Second World War night-time bombing decoy that was built to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Binbrook. It is referenced as being operational during 1941 and had been abandoned by Aug 1942. RAF Binbrook was also protected by Q sites at Kelstern and Ludborough.

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.

On 28 Aug 1941 a Hampden (AD917 KM-P) of RAF Waddington-based 44 Sqn crash landed at 1000 hrs onto the Potterhanworth decoy, on return from a night stop at Horsham St Faith following a mining operation. Two of the crew were killed, two injured. (Sgt BW Johnson and FS WH Saville injured, Sgts S Mallen and EA Windsor KIA)

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