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    Default Starfish Bomb Decoy Burnley May 2013


    Bomb decoy site Burnley
    when i visited some 20 years ago the entrance had been filled with rubble and rubbish had been dumped down the escape hatch into the control room. The rubble has now been removed along with some of the rubbish from the control room.

    Some history:
    A Second World War bombing decoy site at burnley. It was built in April 1941 as a 'Permanent Starfish' site to deflect enemy bombing from the town of Accrington. By the end of 1941 a 'QL' decoy was incorporated into the site as part of the 'C-series' of civil decoys to protect Bank Top station. The 'Starfish' decoy operated by lighting a series of controlled fires during an air raid to replicate an urban area targeted by bombs. The 'QL' decoy simulated the railway marshalling yard lights and factory lighting associated with Bank Top. The site is referenced as being in use until 1942. The control building would have housed an operations room and power generator and provided the decoy crew with shelter. Further 'Starfish' and civil bombing decoy sites for Accrington were located at Haslingden, Accrington, Burnley and Hameldon Hill.

    sorry about the picture quality


    SAM_0486 by Neverwillchange, on Flickr


    SAM_0493 by Neverwillchange, on Flickr

    escape hatch

    SAM_0484 by Neverwillchange, on Flickr

    control room

    SAM_0487 by Neverwillchange, on Flickr

    generator room

    SAM_0488 by Neverwillchange, on Flickr



    ventilation to generator room

    SAM_0497 by Neverwillchange, on Flickr

    thanks for looking :)
    Last edited by Neverwillchange; 8th May 13 at 19:13. Reason: Spelling mistake

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    Nice to see another survivor :)

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    Nice one

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    Not been to that one... didn't even know it was there! Have you done the decoy airfield on Grane outside Blackburn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeJF View Post
    Not been to that one... didn't even know it was there! Have you done the decoy airfield on Grane outside Blackburn?
    Hello no I havn't visited any sites in Blackburn yet but I will do some research and added it to my list thanks for the info this site in burnley is in a beautiful area and well worth a visit :)

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    Very interesting,great info & photos.

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