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The Decoy

 

A few miles to the east of RAF Woodvale is this structure on the open fields of Downholland Moss between Southport and Liverpool.  It is a dummy light site dating from the Second World War. The platform on the end of the structure housed a large spotlight which was shone around the adjoining fields to mimic the taxi-ing and take off of airplanes. The generators were housed in the rear of the structure and there was a blast wall a the bottom of the steps on the right. Now it is gently decaying, probably housing the local wildlife

The Decoy

 

A few miles to the east of RAF Woodvale is this structure on the open fields of Downholland Moss between Southport and Liverpool.  It is a dummy light site dating from the Second World War. The platform on the end of the structure housed a large spotlight which was shone around the adjoining fields to mimic the taxi-ing and take off of airplanes. The generators were housed in the rear of the structure and there was a blast wall a the bottom of the steps on the right. Now it is gently decaying, probably housing the local wildlife

comments (5)

What an interesting picture Les, and your info.is about something I had never heard of before. Thanks for this.
Les Auld: It was new to me when I stumbled over it, thanks for the comment Brian.
It all sounds a bit Dad's Army, i wonder how effective it was?
Les Auld: I suspect the Home Guard did have something to do with it, thanks for the comment Bill.
  • Alan
  • 24 Apr 2008, 21:13
Internetesting image, Les, and good notes. Never heard of anything like this before.
Les Auld: It was a new one on me as well, thanks for the comment Alan.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Apr 2008, 23:19
I wonder if they used it during the war. Actually fooled some German bombers? Great picture.
Les Auld: According to local accounts it was used a few times, how effective it was is another matter. Thanks for the comment Louis.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Apr 2008, 23:42
Fascinating piece of history. It looks rather forlorn now.
Ingrid
Les Auld: Thanks Ingrid, I'm sure it will fall down in the near future. Still it provides shelter to the local wildlife.

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