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Sandston in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Decoy Airfield

 
 
Decoy Airfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 16, 2014
1. Decoy Airfield Marker
Inscription.  At this location in World War II, the 936th Camouflage Battalion constructed a decoy airfield to protect nearby Byrd Airfield, which was converted to Richmond Army Air Base in May 1943. On 2,400 acres of farmland seized by the federal government, troops cleared land and laid out fake runways matching the orientation of Byrd Airfield. The battalion constructed buildings, airplanes and artillery pieces using cut timber, canvas, plywood and other scrap material. In September 1943, soldiers of the 1896th Engineer Aviation Battalion moved into camouflaged huts at the decoy airfield. In 1955, the National Guard used the site for bombing practice.
 
Erected 2013 by County of Henrico. (Marker Number HC-35.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II.
 
Location. 37° 28.595′ N, 77° 13.961′ W. Marker is in Sandston, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of Portugee Road and Technology Boulevard, on the right when traveling west on Portugee Road
Portugee Rd & Technology Blvd image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 16, 2014
2. Portugee Rd & Technology Blvd
. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sandston VA 23150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seven Days Battles (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Seven Days Battles (approx. 1.4 miles away); White Oak Swamp (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named White Oak Swamp (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Seven Days Battles (approx. 1˝ miles away); Elko Community Center (approx. 1.7 miles away); Frazier's Farm (approx. 1.9 miles away); Riddell's Shop (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandston.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 434 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.
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