RAF Q-Site Folkingham is a village, located at the northern edge of South Kesteven, district of Lincolnshire, England. During World War II, the area was used as a Q-Site-which means it was a night-time decoy site. (The code-name Q-site, originates from the British Q-Ships, which were armed naval ships disguised as merchant ships).
Deceptions and Illusions The K-Sites were nothing more than fake British airfields meant to deceive the enemy. Folkingham was one such K-Site. It was equipped with 10 Fairy Battle decoy aircraft.
During the pre-war years, both sides of the pond, were welcomed into each others camps. At the outbreak of war, the Brits were certain, that the Germans had amassed vital information, that painted a picture of Britain’s major military establishments. Realizing there wasn't much they could do to hide the major facilities, the Brits decided to protect their smaller satellite stations.
The Art of Deception, is one part of the Art of War, as devised and written by the famous Chinese military general and strategist, Sun Tzu (722–481 BC). As he stated in his writings, all warfare is based on deception.
The Great Panjandrum, sounds like some famous magician, the likes of Houdini. It could even be an extraordinary magic trick, but it isn't. It's name, was chosen by it's inventor, aircraft engineer and author, Nevile Shute Norway. The Great Panjandrum, was based as a reference to Samuel Foote's famous nonsense paragraphs, such as; “till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots.”(Strange but true. The inventor was also an author, so go figure)!
James Bond, whose novelist was British Intelligence Agent, Ian Fleming, came up with a list of deception plans for World War 2.
World War 2: Deception-Operation Mincemeat, part of Operation Barclay, was used to mask Operation Husky, the real invasion of Sicily.
How the Merchant Marine supplied commerce, how the Naval Armed Guard protected them and the failure of the US Q-Ship program.
Q Ships World War One- During the early days of WWI, British merchant ships plied the waters of the great Atlantic Ocean, unarmed, unprotected, and usually on their own. They carried men and military equipment to far off lands to supply their troops. In the opposite direction, ships from other countries supplied the UK with food, fuel and materials for war production. No one, had any idea, about what the Germans were to unleash.
Wing Commander Guy Gibson and 617 Squadron, RAF flew RAF Avro Lancaster Bombers on a daring low-level raid over Germany. They dropped the famous "Bouncing Bomb" invented by Barnes Wallis on the Mohne and Eder dams, thus breaching and flooding Germanys Industrial complex.