Wooden Airfield

An enemy decoy, built in occupied Holland, led to a tale that has

been told and retold ever since by veteran Allied pilots. The German

airfield, constructed with meticulous care, was made almost

entirely of wood. There were wooden hangars, oil tanks, gun

emplacements, trucks, and aircraft.

The Germans took so long in building their wooden decoy that Allied

photo experts had more than enough time to observe and report it.

The day finally came when the decoy was finished, down to the last

wooden plank. Early the following morning, a lone RAF plane crossed

the Channel, came in low, circled the field once, and dropped a

large wooden bomb.

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