US Army personnel observing dummy Junkers Ju-88 bombers left behind at the airfield at Épinay, France, 2 Sep 1944.

Caption   US Army personnel observing dummy Junkers Ju-88 bombers left behind at the airfield at Épinay, France, 2 Sep 1944. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army Signal Corps
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Added Date 1 May 2014

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
1 May 2015 11:03:54 PM

The official Signal Corps caption for this photo reads, “Two American officers look over a field of decoy JU-88s, dummy planes used as ‘bait’ on a former Nazi airport at Épinay, France. These ‘prop’ planes were parked on a section of the field where bombs dropped by Allied bombers would do the smallest amount of damage. Apparently the ruse failed as the decoy planes were intact and had attracted no bombs. 2 September 1944.”
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
1 Jun 2015 09:47:02 AM

WAR GAMES: Did you know that early in WWII the Germans used dummy aircraft on fields in France to bait the British into bombing them, and kept the real aircraft hidden. The Germans built a complete airfield in occupied Holland with hangers, trucks, support equipment and dummy aircraft. The British picked up this deception, and dropped wooden bombs on the dummy aircraft... SUGGESTED READING: Riddle Of The Wooden Bombs Pierre-Antonine Courouble Publisher Les Presses du Midi 2009

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