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CIVIL BOMBING DECOY C82F

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A Second World War bombing decoy site at Priddy, near Burrington. It was constructed 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 Bristol East Depot marshalling yard by displaying simulated marshalling yard lights at night. The site 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. Aerial photography from 1971 shows that a control building, which would have housed as operations room and provided the decoy crew with shelter, survived at the site in good condition.

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