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Sunset at Crown Point

Crown Point, above Burnley

Crown Point decoy site was manned by the RAF. According to the ‘War Time Trail – A historical walk of Burnley’s WWII landscape” : “The Crown Point area and its surrounding countryside became an RAF decoy station. The intention of these stations was to deflect German bombers from the major cities of Lancashire by lighting fires, so that, to the German bombers, it looked as if they were flying over a significant, populated area.

 

On one occasion, the RAF crew, after preparing the site, did not get away quickly enough as two high explosive bombs were dropped. One bomb landed on a control room and another on the road some distance away. A single casualty occurred, possibly the only individual killed in Burmley as a consequence of enemy activity”.

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