Morton Bagot Lighting Decoy Site

Description of this historic site

The site of a lighting civil decoy from the Second World War, designed to confuse the enemy aircraft into dropping bombs in the wrong place. It was located 200m southeast of Stappenhill Wood.

Notes about this historic site

1 Morton Bagot lighting decoy site in the QL programme for the Birmingham area. It was set up to simulate factory lighting smilar to that at the BSA factory at Redditch.
Lighting decoys were a cheap and effective way of confusing the enemy. They date from July 1941. Every site differed, so that they were a sort of theatrical lighting show to mimic the local vulnerable point. An associated shelter would have been built to house the generator/s and other equipment.
2 Earthworks and possible accommodation huts can be identified on this aerial photo at this grid reference, which is very slightly different from the SP103646 given in the documentation.

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