Starfish Decoy Command Bunker

A rather gloomy morning and a fall back on a recycled subject. I last posted about this Starfish Decoy Command Bunker almost three years ago to the day. It looked a nice day then. Adjacent to the Hutton to Kildale track along Percy Rigg, this WW2 relic was one of 237 similar decoys around the country protecting industrial towns and cities from German bombing. Located well away from habitation, the bunker housed a platoon of soldiers whose task was to light fires on the moor to trick the German aircrew into thinking it was a random fire in nearby Middlesbrough and releasing their bombs over the empty heather moorland. I have always thought that the actual decoy site was immediately below the bunker in a network of trenches but it has been pointed out that it was about 640 metres away south-east along the Percy Rigg track. I guess that makes more sense. The MOD wouldn’t have wanted bombs being dropped too close to the bunker.
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