Bubbenhall Lighting and Fire Decoy Site

Description of this historic site

A lighting and fire bombing civil decoy site from the Second World War designed to confuse the enemy into dropping their bombs in the wrong place. The documented grid reference is just east of Waverley Wood.

Notes about this historic site

1 Bubbenhall bombing decoy site was part of the QL and QF programme for the Coventry area. It was set up to simulate factory lighting as a way of protecting Armstrong Whitworth at Baginton. It was also the site of a standard fire decoy site. These were smaller than the Starfish sites.
Lighting decoys were a cheap and effective method of confusing the enemy and date from 1941. Every site differed, so that they were a sort of theatrical lighting show to mimic some local vulnerable point. An associated shelter would have been built to house the generator/s and other equipment.
2 An aerial photgraph from 1949 shows no evidence of any earthworks or structures at the documented grid reference.

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