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The Decoy

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 day finally came when the decoy was finished, down to the last wooden plank. And early the following morning, a lone Royal Air Force plane crossed the English Channel, came in low, circled the field once, and dropped a large wooden bomb.


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