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OIL 'QF' BOMBING DECOY P8

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A Second World War bombing decoy site at Paull. It was built by the Petroleum Board in 1941 as part of the 'P-series' of oil decoys to deflect enemy bombing from the oil refinery at Salt End. This was an oil 'QF' decoy, where fuel oil was burned in specially-shaped pools and channels lined with brick or clay that when seen from the air replicated an oil refinery targeted by bombs. The decoy was ignited electrically from a remote shelter or control building. A ground survey in 1992 reported that no features of the decoy survived. Paull was also the location of a 'Permanent Starfish' decoy to protect the city of Hull and naval installations on the Humber (located at TA 188 240).

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