Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Gnoll park starfish site

  1. #1
    Join Date
    August 2015
    Location
    neath
    Posts
    32
    Thanked
    52

    Default Gnoll park starfish site


    Gnoll park starfish site, South Wales

    I must have walked past this site a 100 times before a fellow explorer told me about it.

    There's not much to see here apart from the bunker(empty) which is on top of a small canyon.

    Now for the info.........
    Starfish sites were large scale night-time decoys created during The Blitz to simulate burning British cities. The aim was to divert night bombers from their intended targets and to drop their ordnance over the countryside. The sites were an extension of Colonel John Turner's decoy program for airfields and factories (code named "Q" Sites). Following the bombing and near destruction of Coventry in November 1940, Turner was tasked with creating decoys for 7 major cities.

    Turner referred to the new sites "Special Fire" or "SF". However, one early site (near Bristol) was given the name "Starfish", which subsequently became used for all of the decoys. The sites were constructed around 4 miles from their protection target, and at least one mile from any other settlement. They consisted of elaborate light arrays and fires, controlled from a nearby bunker, laid out to simulate a fire bombed town. By the end of the war there were 237 decoys protecting 81 towns and cities around the country.

    Starfish sites did attract the attention of enemy bombers; One estimate is that around 968 tons of ordnance was dropped on the decoys.


    Following the night bombing of Coventry, in early November 1940, the decoy program was expanded to include towns and cities; the Air Ministry initially ordered sites to be set up for Bristol, Crewe, Derby, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough and Sheffield. The new "Special Fire" decoys were set up to simulate the bomb drops of German pathfinder squadrons. By 23 January 1941 the program had been increased to 43 sites protecting 13 town and cities and by March operational sites numbered over 100. By the end of the war there were 237 Starfish sites protecting 81 locations.

    Here are some photo's of a starfish site in action..... (image source @stmgrts.org.uk)






    Here is the site as it stands today.......

















    Thanks again for taking the time to read through my report,
    I hope you enjoyed it and there will be more soon.



    Peace out.
    Last edited by welsh_noir; 17th Feb 17 at 15:18.

    ----------
    Thanks given by: andylen, krela, Mearing, Mikeymutt, night crawler, oldscrote, rockfordstone, SlimJim, stu8fish, Tarron, theartist, thorfrun

  2.  
     
  3. #2
    Join Date
    September 2005
    Location
    Bristol, UK.
    Posts
    9,227
    Thanked
    5542

    Default


    The bunker is usually the only thing left as everything else was temporary. Good to see another one, the story of decoy sites is a crazy one. Thanks for the post. :)

    If you're particularly interested in decoys I highly recommend the book "Fields of Deception" which is an English Heritage publication, I think it's currently out of print but is available at good libraries.

    ----------
    Thanks given by: welsh_noir

  4. #3
    Join Date
    August 2015
    Location
    neath
    Posts
    32
    Thanked
    52

    Default


    awesome stuff! thanks. i have found another one near by, they where responsible for diverting german fire from swansea.

    ----------

  5. #4
    Join Date
    October 2013
    Posts
    2,345
    Thanked
    8874

    Default


    Nice to see a star fish site..there is one near me what I have visited a few times.totally overgrown.but exactly same sign.with the generator plinths still there.been a few kq sites too
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

    ----------

  6. #5
    Join Date
    August 2015
    Location
    neath
    Posts
    32
    Thanked
    52

    Default


    Cool man, I'm trying to find as many as I can

    ----------

Similar Threads

  1. Osmotherly Starfish Bunker
    By RichCooper in forum WW2 Defences
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 20th Mar 14, 15:42
  2. Starfish Bomb Decoy Burnley May 2013
    By Neverwillchange in forum WW2 Defences
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 9th May 13, 18:17
  3. Starfish decoy site - Pennines - September 2010
    By nij4829 in forum WW2 Defences
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 14th Nov 10, 21:08
  4. Mendip Starfish Sites
    By hydealfred in forum Military Sites
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 8th Jul 10, 14:07

About us
DerelictPlaces is a forum for people with an interest in the history and documentation of derelict and abandoned buildings to come together and share their experiences, photography and historical findings. Our military, industrial and historical heritage is fast disappearing under the pressure of regeneration, the need for new housing, and often through simple neglect; Our aim is to document these places before they disappear entirely.
Follow us