Harrington Aviation Museum

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ADDRESS: Sunnyvale Farm
off Lamport Road
TELEPHONE: 01604 686608
Harrington Aviation Museum

Housed in the original Group Operations Building on the site of USAAF Station 179, the CARPETBAGGER
AVIATION MUSEUM offers a rare look at life on the top secret base of the 801st / 492nd American Eighth Air
Force Bomb Group during World War II. Photographs, maps, exhibits and unique film footage describe the secret missions flown by Harrington airmen
dropping agents, weapons and supplies to resistance groups throughout Occupied Europe
Other displays show the vast secret agent and supply network masterminded by the British Special Operations
Executive (SOE) and operated from RAF Tempsford. The story of the Royal Observer Corps and the Cold War
role of the Thor missile base at RAF Harrington are also fully described

The Carpetbagger Aviation Museum was formed in 1993 for the 50th Anniversary reunion of the USAAF's 801st / 492nd Bomb Group (The Carpetbaggers) at Harrington. It is housed in the Group Operations Building on the Administration Site of the former Station 179 airfield at Harrington, Northamptonshire, England. The Museum is administered by members of the Harrington Aviation Museum Society, a Registered Charity No 1061997

Displays and exhibits within the museum depict the history of the airfield and vividly show the work carried out by the 801st (Provisional) / 492nd Bomb Group, especially during Operation Carpetbagger, and their secret missions to deliver agents and supplies to resistance groups in Occupied Europe during the Second World War

Other exhibits and displays include the secret work of the British Special Operations Executive from their RAF base at Tempsford; the cold war roles of the airfield at Harrington with the Thor rockets ; and the Royal Observer Corps

Nearby in the former Paymaster nissen hut, and also forming part of the Harrington Aviation Museums, is the Northants Aviation Society Museum. This contains many remains of recovered World War II aircraft and other fascinating items of equipment and memorabilia

Museum Opening Hours

10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

(Last admission at 4.00 p.m. for the

Northants Aviation Society Museum)

Open Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays Only
from the 16th April to the 30th October 2011

Admission Charges (2011)

Adults: £4.00

Children £2.00

(This entry fee provides access to the Carpetbagger Aviation Museum and the Northants Aviation Society Museum)