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STARFISH BOMBING DECOY SF1D

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A Second World War bombing decoy site at Kenn Moor. It was built in late 1940 as a 'Permanent Starfish' site to deflect enemy bombing from Bristol. The 'Starfish' decoy operated by lighting a series of controlled fires during an air raid to replicate an urban area targeted by bombs. It is referenced as being operational until 1943. Aerial photography from 1969 shows that the site had been given over to agricultural use and no features of the decoy survive. However, in 2011, the control bunker was found to be still substantially intact and there are other possible associated concrete structures. These may be of the starfish site or of the 'QL' civil bombing decoy for Bristol (located at ST 1467963) which is also located on Kenn Moor. Further 'Starfish' bombing decoy sites for Bristol were located at Stockwood, Chew Magna, Downside, Cheddar and Yeomouth.

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