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    Default Mendip Starfish Sites


    These sites have been on DP before, however, I found myself in Somerset over the weekend and decided to have a quick visit. The sites are located in the Mendip Hills.

    Brief history - these sites were built during the war to act as decoys to lure the Luftwaffe away from major cities and military installations. The sites posted here were designed to decoy bombers away from Bristol. The decoys were known collectively as Starfish and used water and creosote to simulate incendiary bombs exploding. In addition glow boxes were also installed at the site to simulate street lighting and railways etc. These glow boxes were powered by electricity generated by generator sets housed within the control buildings shown in this post. The idea was that the Luftwaffe would bomb the simulated fires and lighting as opposed to the real thing. Whether it worked here or not is open to debate.

    General external view

    Entrance protected by blast wall

    View from roof looking down at blast wall

    Bases for Coventry Climax petrol generator sets

    Air inlet for petrol engines or cable ducts ?

    Being where this place is located high in the Mendips this stove base would have been well
    and truly needed

    Concrete reinforcement showing through in the roof slab

    The doorways between the generator room and control room

    These pipes were probably used to provide cooloing water to the petrol engines

    Control room view

    View towards escape hatch in control room

    View down escape hatch from roof

    This is the second site located near Cheddar

    Entrance showing concrete roof slab

    Exhaust port

    Looking up escape hatch


    Thanks for looking

    Last edited by hydealfred; 4th Jul 10 at 22:11. Reason: Changing photo

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    Great to see these sites again. Fascinating subject and I keep meaning to actually buy the book 'Fields of Deception', instead of having to order it from the library.
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    nice one not seen these ones before, but i am sure we have a site near swindon, out in the hills with similar functuions, will have to get up and have a look some time

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    Interestingly there has been more research on the black down site in the last few years.
    New evidence now points to the site being initialy and anti invasion obstacle. The small bumps on top of black down are now thought to of been supports for anti glider defences.

    Tho it still seems the site was later used as a false Bristol startfish site.

    Soome details here:
    http://webapp1.somerset.gov.uk/her/d....asp?prn=24114

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    I believe this is in a slightly different place to the anti-glider stuff and is definitely a starfish site. Please don't tell me you missed the awesome z-rocket launcher bases in the field next to it though!?

    There is another generator set actually on black down but it's gated, along with a buried oil tank on the side of the hill.

    (I have contributed extensively towards the info on the Somerset HER ;) )
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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    I believe this is in a slightly different place to the anti-glider stuff and is definitely a starfish site. Please don't tell me you missed the awesome z-rocket launcher bases in the field next to it though!?

    There is another generator set actually on black down but it's gated, along with a buried oil tank on the side of the hill.

    (I have contributed extensively towards the info on the Somerset HER ;) )
    You got me bang to rights I did miss the rocket launcher bases. I only knew they were there after I had returned from the site and looked at the post on DP. I know poor planning Will have to try harder in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydealfred View Post
    You got me bang to rights I did miss the rocket launcher bases. I only knew they were there after I had returned from the site and looked at the post on DP. I know poor planning Will have to try harder in future.
    Oh I wasn't making a l337 you suck type comment, I'm gutted for you cos they are awesome. =/

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    Oh I wasn't making a l337 you suck type comment, I'm gutted for you cos they are awesome. =/
    No I didn't take it that way - I'm just kicking myself for not finding the site - still the area is one of my all time favourite walking spots so will be going back. The views up there are stunning. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    I believe this is in a slightly different place to the anti-glider stuff and is definitely a starfish site. Please don't tell me you missed the awesome z-rocket launcher bases in the field next to it though!?

    There is another generator set actually on black down but it's gated, along with a buried oil tank on the side of the hill.

    (I have contributed extensively towards the info on the Somerset HER ;) )
    Ah, didnt realise that, doh!

    One of my friends is an archeologist who had some involvement with it, maybe you've crossed paths..

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    Sweet stuff HDF

    I'll be adding the decoy sites listed in Fields of Deception to the next version of the overlay in a few days, so you can all go and find your local site and see if the control bunker survives.
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