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CIVIL BOMBING DECOY C82C

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A Second World War bombing decoy site on Black Down, near Burrington. It was built as part of the 'C-series' of civil decoys to deflect enemy bombing from Bristol. Built in late 1941 to 1942 this was one of six decoys in the Burrington 'QL' system, a complex layout of lighting decoys designed to reconstruct the whole city of Bristol, as opposed to isolated features within it. This 'QL' decoy was set up to represent Temple Meads railway station and Pyle Hill goods depot. It operated by displaying simulated marshalling yard lights, locomotive glows and factory lighting to reconstruct the station and depot. It also functioned as a 'QF' decoy, which consisted of a series of controlled fires lit during an air raid to replicate a target struck by bombs. The site is referenced as being in use until 1943. Aerial photography from 1971 shows a control building surviving in good condition 400 metres to the south-west of the decoy site. Partial remains of firebreaks from the 'QF' decoy are visible. The whole site is flanked by anti-aircraft mounds.

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