Q Decoy Sites

The Q decoy site below was one of a number established throughout the UK to protect areas of large populations following the bombing of cities in the 1940s. Unfortunately for Hayling Island bombers were encouraged to discharge their payloads towards the island.

Q Decoy Sites. Courtesy Portsdown Tunnels Website

Q Decoy Sites. Courtesy Portsdown Tunnels Website

Map Key Courtesy Portsdown Tunnels

Map Key Courtesy Portsdown Tunnels Website

Personnel manning the Starfish Control sites had great courage. They were controlling the nearby Q sites, Lights (QL) and Fires (QF)  that were designed to lure enemy bombs. Despite being provided with a shelter, it must have been a very stressful task. Success though meant many lives were potentially saved in Portsmouth.

One near miss saw the destruction of the platform awning attached to the station building at Hayling Station which was never replaced.

Hayling Control (HC) still exists on the west coast of Hayling although the roof has been removed and the interior infilled. This can be seen near to the Pill Box on the Hayling Billy Trail.

Hayling Control in 2016 ravaged over time by the tides in Langstone Harbour. The roof has been demolished along with the earth covering. The two openings in the base of the wall led to the Q sites in the harbour. - Photo Peter Drury

Hayling Control in 2016 ravaged over time by the tides in Langstone Harbour. The roof has been demolished along with the earth covering. The two openings in the base of the wall led to the Q sites in the harbour. – Photo Peter Drury

Extract from the ‘Hayling at War’ Publication – Discover Hayling

Links to further information

Discover Hayling Publication http://www.discoverhayling.co.uk/hayling-at-war-book

A wealth of further information can be found at http://www.portsdown-tunnels.org.uk/ (Select Surface Sites from the website menu on the left then ‘Q’ decoy sites from the flyout).