During the Second World War, the RAF built a number of moving target ranges around the UK that were used by trainee air gunners. The ranges consisted of an oval of narrow gauge railway track and on this ran a trolley with a wooden or metal model aircraft target attached. The trainees sat in training turrets (an aircraft gun turret mounted on a wheeled trolley for mobility) that was located some distance from the railway track in front of a “Workshop Building”. As the trolley/target moved around the track, the trainees would practise their use of the guns in trying to hit the models.
Further details about the layout, structure and operation of the ranges can be found below, plus photos and details recorded during a number of site visits.
- General details about the ranges plus questions to help with research
- Hell’s Mouth (Porth Neigwl) Gwynedd, North Wales
- Millom Cumbria
- Theddlethorpe Lincolnshire
- Wigtown Dumfries and Galloway