Barby Lighting Bombing Decoy Site
A lighting bombing decoy site from the Second World War, designed to confuse the enemy into dropping their bombs in the wrong place. Documentary evidence places it 1km northwest of Barby.
1 Barby lighting bombing decoy site in the QL programme for Rugby. It was set up to simulate the lights of a marshalling yard (parallel railway sidings) and of loco glows (the dim light from the firebox on the footplate of a steam engine) and so to divert bombs from Rugby (station?) marshalling yard. Lighting decoys were a cheap and successful way of confusing the enemy, and their deployment dates from July 1941. Every site differed, so that they were a sort of theatrical lighting show to mimic the lights of some specific local vulnerable point. An associated shelter would have been built to house the generator/s and other equipment.
2 There is no evidence of the site on an aerial photo of 1947.