The RAF filled some fields full of wooden Spitfires in the second world war. Those did work for a while, and no doubt bought the RAF some valuable time as the Luftwaffe went about trying to destroy as much of the RAF as possible on the ground. But that’s all they did – bought time. That was their purpose. The Germans were always going to figure it out sooner or later.
Well, one day they did. Two young RAF conscripts were sitting in a hut, minding one such field of fake Spitfires when they heard an approaching aircraft. Assuming it was an air raid, they left their hut in order to take cover, but when they got outside they saw just a single German bomber approaching. This was sufficiently unusual that they hid behind their hut and waited to see what would happen. The bomber came in for a very low pass, which was also unusual because normally they would have bombed from a much greater altitude, in order to avoid the airfield’s defences. As the two incredulous young men watched, the bomber reached the middle of the field, and dropped a single wooden bomb. The message was clear – we’re onto you
1 Samuel 16:7
English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK)
7 But the Lord said to Samuel,““Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, “but the Lord looks on the heart.”