Old Sarum Airfield during WW2

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This is an aerial view of Old Sarum Monument and Airfield, taken by the Luftwaffe in September 1940.

The lines (arrowed) on the airfield are fake hedges to camouflage the airstrip, so it looks as though it is divided into fields. This was cunning by day, but the bombers came by night.

 

To confuse them there was also an entire “Q Type” decoy Old Sarum Airfield lit up in the Clarendon Estate 1941-42 at night. Nothing survives there now.

 

(Wiltshire and Swindon Historic Environment Record number MWI31654).

 

Kerry O’Connor

Stratford sub Castle Local History Group

March 2021