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RAF Harrington



   Construction of Harrington Airfield by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army, started on the 11th July 1942. The airfield had initially been constructed for use by a B-17 Flying Fortress Bomb Group, but the group had been diverted to North Africa to support Operation Torch. It was therefore taken over as a satellite station for training the bomber crews of the nearby RAF 84th Operational Training Unit at Desborough who mainly operated Wellington bombers.

In 1944, Harrington was selected for the Carpetbagger Operations by the Eighth Air Force's Special Operation Group. These operations were to deliver supplies and OSS agents into occupied Europe to support local Resistance units. The advance echelons of the 36th and 406th Bomb Squadrons moved into Harrington on the 25th March 1944. These squadrons were to form a new Bomb Group known as the 801st Provisional Bomb Group (H). The airfield remained in their use until they returned to America in October 1945.

The RAF used Harrington as a supply and storage depot until the late 1950`s when was selected to become one of the RAF's Thor missile sites. After the Thor site was no longer required, in 1965, the buildings were demolished, runways and most of the roads and taxiways were removed. The airfield once again returning to agriculture. Today, the foundations of some buildings can still be seen around the site of the airfield but the only remaining original substantial WW2 buildings left standing are on the former administration site. The Carpetbagger Aviation Museum is now housed in part of the original Operations Building at the airfield's administration site. The Northants Aviation Society Museum occupies the site of the former finance hut.

 


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Those known to have served at

RAF Harrington

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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