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STARFISH BOMBING DECOY SF35C

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  CIVIL BOMBING DECOY C22C
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A Second World War bombing decoy site at Burnley. It was built in April 1941 as a 'Permanent Starfish' site to deflect enemy bombing from the town of Accrington. By the end of 1941 a 'QL' decoy was incorporated into the site as part of the 'C-series' of civil decoys to protect Rose Crane marshalling yards. The 'Starfish' decoy operated by lighting a series of controlled fires during an air raid to replicate an urban area targeted by bombs. The 'QL' decoy simulated the railway marshalling yard lights, locomotive glows and furnace glows associated with Rose Crane. The site is referenced as being in use until 1943. Aerial photography from 1964 shows the only surviving features of the decoy to be a curvilinear track located at SD 849 282 and a rectilinear feature located at SD 844 287. Further 'Starfish' and civil bombing decoys for Accrington were located at Haslingden, Accrington, Worsthorne and Hameldon Hill.

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