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DOME GUNNERY TRAINER, PEMBREY AIRFIELD

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NPRN 417682

Map Reference SN40SW

Grid Reference SN40750371

Unitary (Local) Authority Carmarthenshire

Old County Carmarthenshire

Community Cefn Sidan

Type of Site ANTI AIRCRAFT DEFENCE SITE

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period 20th Century

Site Description The Dome Gunnery Trainer on Pembrey Airfield was erected c1941 and used as a simulator to train air gunners in shooting down enemy fighters. The interior was originally whitewashed and lights projected on to the domed roof simulated aircraft lights, while a 'gun' was used to fire a light beam.

The dome is approximately 10m high, of concrete with rendered exterior. The entrance leads into a single domed chamber. The metal framework of a former screen above the doorway has survived, but the interior has been stripped of its original wall surfaces.

Listed in a high grade for its exceptional historic interest as the only surviving World War II air defence simulator in Wales.
Scheduled Ancient Monument CM248.

Source: CADW listed building database (ref: 82066)

L. Osborne, 28th September 2012

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