Monument record COR 041 - World War II bombing decoy site.

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World War II bombing decoy site to the north-west of Corton


Grid reference Centred TM 53383 97468 (386m by 263m)
Map sheet TM59NW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Three irregular rectilinier trenches, all adjacent to field boundaries, and surrounded by a length of barbed wire obstruction, are visible on 1941 aerial photographs (S1) to the north-west of Corton. The barbed wire enclosure is linked by a linear stretch of barbed wire to a similar enclosure c 300m to the east (see record COR 002). The features can clearly be seen on 1944 aerial photographs (S2) too. The trenches are likely to have acted as bombing decoys, containing fires lit to draw enemy fire away from inhabited areas. This site may also be related to another decoy site further east on the cliff-egde, just north of Corton (see record COR 040).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2A/BR85 FrmsC6-C7 1-Sep-1941.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. HLA/694 Frms3095-3096 26-Mar-1944.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Mar 30 2012 12:15PM

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