Coordinates: 57°15′18″N 2°07′48″W / 57.255°N 2.130°W
Whitecairns is a village in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, lying 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) north of Potterton and 9.7 kilometres (6.0 mi) south of Pitmedden on the B999 road.
Regular bus services link Whitecairns with Potterton and Aberdeen to the south, and with Pitmedden and Tarves to the north.
During the Second World War, Harestone Moss, close to Whitecairns was set up as a decoy site for RAF Dyce airfield. This was to trick the Luftwaffe into thinking that this was Dyce airfield at night.
decoy Airfield with bunker entrance shown also
The decoy was bombed on several occasions, two craters are still present today.
- 3 Aug 1940
- 3 Nov 1940
- 5 Dec 1940
- 18 July 1941
This decoy site had a bunker that housed a generator used to power the dummy airfield lights.
- ^ Whitecairns local information website
- ^ Public Transport, Aberdeenshire Council
- ^ "Easter Craigie, Decoy Control Bunker, Generator Plant". Canmore. RCAHMS. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
"Civil Defence Incidents". Aberdeen City Council. Retrieved 13 June 2012.