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AIRFIELD BOMBING DECOY Q82D

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  STARFISH BOMBING DECOY SF8B
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A Second World War bombing decoy site at Farleigh. It was built to deflect enemy bombing from Royal Air Force Kenley airfield and later used to protect London. The site was originally a 'Q-type' night decoy, which displayed a sequence of lights to simulate an active airfield. The site later became a 'Permanent Starfish' decoy for London. This consisted of large-scale series of fires that were lit during an air raid to replicate an urban area targeted by bombs. The 'Starfish' site is referenced as being in operation from early 1941 to April 1944, but could have been in use until May 1945. By the 1970s the site had been given over to agricultural use and no features of the decoys survive. Further bombing decoy sites for Royal Air Force Kenley were located at Woldingham, South Godstone and Walton Heath. Further 'Starfish' decoys for London were located at Richmond Park, Rainham Marshes, Lambourne End and Lullingstone.

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