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Dome Gunnery Trainer, Pembrey Airfield

A Scheduled Monument in Pembrey and Burry Port Town (Pembre a Phorth Tywyn), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.7095 / 51°42'34"N

Longitude: -4.3062 / 4°18'22"W

OS Eastings: 240757

OS Northings: 203714

OS Grid: SN407037

Mapcode National: GBR GP.WD6N

Mapcode Global: VH3M8.99VB

Entry Name: Dome Gunnery Trainer, Pembrey Airfield

Scheduled Date: 6 October 1989

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2176

Cadw Legacy ID: CM248

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Gunnery Training Dome

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Pembrey and Burry Port Town (Pembre a Phorth Tywyn)

Built-Up Area: Pembrey Airport

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument consists of the remains of a gunnery training dome. At Pembrey the structure consists of a hemispherical concrete dome. The trainee air gunner was placed in a central swivelling seat with a camera gun and silhouettes of aircraft were back-projected on to the walls of the dome trainer.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of World War II anti-aircraft and coastal defence practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. Gunnery training domes may be part of a larger cluster of anti-invasion defences and their importance can further enhanced by their group value. The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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