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8th May 1945 801st Bomb Group, USAAF via Robert Allen)
RAF Harrington airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41 with smaller lower front windows to 343/43 and rooftop Visual Control Room
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Few, operations block now museum
History:
09/43 to 03/44, Originally planned as a satellite for No. 84 OTU at Desborough. Built by 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army.
03/44 to 07/45, 8th Air Force Special Operations Group, 801st Bombardment Group (Provisional) with B-24 Liberators, A-26, C-47 and Mosquito XVI flying 'Carpetbagger' missions supplying arms, equipment and agents, 'Joe's, to occupied Europe, 21 night bombing missions.
Bomb Squadrons based here: 36th, 406th, 788th, 467th and 850th, - 08/44, redesignated 856th, 858th, 859th and 857th Bomb Squadrons. Lost 25 B-24's and 1 A-26 in action.
08/44, 492nd BG from North Pickenham, after the heaviest loss rate of all the B-24 Liberator Bomb Groups this unit was disbanded and its Squadron numbers transferred to the 801st BG (H).
1958-63, 218 Sqn with Thor ballistic missiles.
RAF Harrington airfield - 801st Bomb Group - 492nd Bomb Group -
1944 (© 801st Bomb Group, USAAF via Adam Smith)
RAF Harrington airfield - 801st Bomb Group - 492nd Bomb Group -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
1943
Closed:
1963
ID Code:
HR
USAAF Station:
179
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
4x - T2
County:
Northampton
Location:
5 miles W of Kettering
OS Ref:
SP775778
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