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Other American Forces Memorials in South Wales

Carew Cheriton Control Tower Museum

To commemorate the role African-American military personnel stationed in Pembrokeshire and South Wales played during the D-Day campaign - a special honorary Blue Plaque was unveiled at Carew Cheriton control tower on Saturday 15 June 2019.

A MEMORIAL

TO ALL THE AMERICAN ARMED FORCES

IN PEMBROKESHIRE DURING WORLD WAR TWO


The memorial was unveiled on Tuesday 22nd October 2019

The memorial is sited at Carew Cheriton Control Tower, Carew Airfield, Pembrokeshire SA70 8SX.

Carew Cheriton Control Tower Group

https://www.carewcheritoncontroltower.co.uk/

The memorial is sited at Carew Cheriton Control Tower, Carew Airfield, Pembrokeshire SA70 8SX.

Approximately three thousand GI’s were billeted in and around the Carew area who made many friends with the local population. There are members of the Carew Control Tower Group who have vivid memories of those times and one young lady remembers the dances that the Americans held. No doubt there were many a broken heart when they suddenly left never to return.

We’ve had in mind for the last two years that there should be a memorial erected to the memory of those young men, some of whom were still teenagers, who gave their lives for us. It is never too late to honour their sacrifice especially as we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord. To honour those troops, we have erected a monument here at Carew Cheriton Control Tower from the people of Pembrokeshire and the whole of Wales. A unique piece of granite weighing 2.5 tons has been sited adjacent to the memorial which honours the allied servicemen and women who were stationed at Carew during both World Wars.

Three GIs who trained for D Day in South Wales

Two Local War Museums with information and displays

Explore, discover, learn

Opening Times

Wednesday 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Second Sunday of the Month 11:00am - 4:00pm

Please check our website for the latest events


Located within the historic Barry Island Station the Museum is run by the Barry at War Group as part of the Barry Tourist Railway.

Come along and see how folk coped "back in the war". and the wartime displays.

Free admission, of course, but donations to the ongoing work of the Barry War Museum would be much appreciated!

Walk through our indoor 1940s Street, try on clothes and uniforms and let the youngsters do a quiz. Watch the Wartime Britain movie then have a Camp coffee in our gift shop cafe!

Fun for all ages whatever the weather

mail@1940sSwanseaBay.co.uk Tel 01792 458864

Open 10am last admission 3pm

(subject to change. Phone or email or Facebook for updates )

Adults £7.50, Child/oap £6.95, under 5s Free, Family £25.00, School groups £6.95

Website: 1940's Swansea Bay - are a family run museum and receive no funding.

1940's Swansea Bay - are a family run museum and receive no funding.

mail@1940sSwanseaBay.co.uk

Tel 01792 458864

Open 10am last admission 3pm

(subject to change. Phone or email or Facebook for updates )

Adults £7.50, Child/oap £6.95, under 5s Free, Family £25.00, School groups £6.95

DEVON D DAY ASSAULT TRAINING CENTER

Almost a quarter of the fourteen thousand American soldiers who attended this training centre, between September 1943 and March 1944, to learn the arts of war, became casualties on the Normandy beaches in one day and few of the survivors lived to see the war’s end in 1945.

Find out more about Glenn's visit to

Devon D Day 2016

We are awaiting news of the Devon D-Day & Saunton D-Day event in 2020.

Format for the weekend is usually: Camping on the beach, convoys across the American D-Day training grounds and along the practice assault beach. Saturday's involve evening live entertainment, pyro skirmish and beach assault.

You can discover interesting insights into the experiences of American Servicemen in south Wales from 1942 to 1945, who were far from home and preparing to go to war on the continent. The occasional GI can be seen slouching at the Museum . . .

or reading Yank magazine.

Compiled by Glenn Booker More info:

barryatwarmuseum@gmail.com

Please contact Glenn if you would like to assist at the museum at any time.

OVER HERE IN SOUTH WALES

But why remember the Americans who were "Over Here" in WW2?

and Does it matter? YES! and Why?

Because they made quite an impact upon the people of South Wales!

and... Because they were here to do a very important job...

together with their Allies they changed the course of World History...

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Comments or news appreciated- editor John Powell: j.powell20@ntlworld.com


Please let me know if you have more information, Glenn

One wedding concerning Swansea is well worth a read-

THE CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT AND HIS WELSH BRIDE

More info: barryatwarmuseum@gmail.com

Barry at War Group

aims to research, preserve and promote the wartime history of the town.

They have a new Facebook page at Barry at War History Group | Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/BarryAtWarHistoryGroup

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