Record Details

NHER Number:31920
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two bombing decoy

Summary

The site of a World War Two night bombing decoy (known as a 'starfish' site) in Wickhampton Marshes. Four small bomb craters are visible at the site on post-war aerial photographs.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 446 061
Map Sheet:TG40NW
Parish:FREETHORPE, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Wickhampton Marshes.
Site of starfish decoy.
Grid reference from Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum (but called Halvergate Marshes).
E. Rose (NLA), 26 July 1996.

April 2007. Norfolk NMP
Earthworks of four small bomb craters are visible at the site of a World War Two bombing decoy on aerial photographs (S1-S2). These craters are centred on TG 4474 0586. Four craters are present on a roughly southwest to northeast alignment. They are located within the area of a World War Two night bombing decoy (known as a ‘Starfish’ site) which used lights to imitate a genuine target. This decoy was positioned between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and probably served one of these locations. The decoy is shown on a map in (S3) but no additional details are given. No structures or features relating to the decoy itself are visible on the aerial photographs and only four bomb craters were present at the site.
J. Albone (NMP), 30 April 2007

Monument Types

  • BOMB CRATER (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • BOMBING DECOY (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • STARFISH SITE (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1606 3020-1 27-JUN-1946 (NHER TG 4406A-B).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1953. RAF 82/724 9-10 16-FEB-1953 (NHER TG 45005A-B).
<S3>Monograph: Fairhead, H.. 1996. Huby Fairhead's Decoy Sites. Wartime Deception in Norfolk and Suffolk.. p i.

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