My hometown of Burnley, Lancashire, was involved in a decoy/subterfuge scheme and I was wondering if anybody else has knowledge of similar schemes in other parts of Great Britain during the war. The government literally created "Manchester on the Moors" -- the idea was to build a fake or simulated industrial complex in a remote area, but in close proximity to Manchester and on the Luftwaffe bombing run approach, thereby enticing the bombardiers to drop their bombs there. A large expanse of desolate moor land to the south of Burnley was set aside -- cordoned off and guarded 24 hours a day -- and a good sized mock industrial complex of plywood structures erected. Each of these mockups contained a single electric light bulb and enough discreet chinks were provided to wink an attractive target from the air. I believe this elaborate decoy was erected and activated in early 1940. The construction, maintenance and guarding was accomplished by a detachment of RAF all of whom were from Ulster, Northern Ireland, who were voluntarily (and patriotically) billeted with local residents (the government provided extra food rations) who lived on the southern fringes of Burnley. My Auntie Clara housed two of them -- A/C Billy Russell and Sydney Watters. They were fine men and became good friends of the family -- including me. Both Billy and Sydney maintained contact with us after the war -- Sydney, who became a Bank officer in London, used to visit Auntie Clara every year until she died in 1979. I would dearly like to make contact with him if he is still alive -- he would be in his eighties now. Did the scheme work? Well, I don't think it was at all successful -- I only recall a couple of stray bombs being dropped on "Manchester on the Moors" during the entire war.