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CIVIL BOMBING DECOY C2C

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A Second World War bombing decoy site at Seal Sands. It was built as part of the 'C-series' of civil decoys to deflect enemy bombing from Clarence or Cargo Fleet iron and steel works in Middlesbrough. The site functioned as both a 'QF' and 'QL' decoy. The 'QF' decoy consisted of a series of controlled fires lit during an air raid to replicate a target struck by bombs. The 'QL' decoy displayed a series of lights to simulate the furnace glows and factory lights associated with iron and steel works. The site is referenced as being in use between 1942 and 1943, but could have been in operation for longer. Aerial photography shows that by the early 1970s the site had become salt works and no features of the decoy survive. Further civil bombing decoy sites for Middlesbrough were located at Grangetown, Bran Sands, Greenabella, Cowpen Bewley, Newton Bewley, Wolviston, Elton, Middleton and Kirkleatham.

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