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Also known as: RAF Harrington / USAAF Station 179
County: Northamptonshire
Current Status: Farmland / Museum / Public roads
Date: December 1943 - August 1963
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / USAAF
Landing Surface Types: Paved
Aircraft Roles: Espionage support (main role) / Missile (main role) / Trainer

Home to the United States Army Air Force during 1944/45, Harrington Airfield, in Northamptonshire, played an extremely important role during WW2. One of the squadrons based there, the 801st Bomb Group, became best known by the code name given to their mission - Carpetbaggers. It involved delivering secret agents and supplies to resistance groups in enemy occupied Europe. These vital, and extremely dangerous, sorties, helped win WW2, as did the other activities carried out by units based here, including bomber offensives and resupplying ground troops with fuel supplies. The airfield later became one of Britain’s important Thor missile nuclear sites during 1959-63.

Visit the Carpetbagger Aviation Museum:


The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • Carpetbagger Museum
  • Harrington Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 25 MU
  • No 84 OTU
  • No 218 Sqn
001-1995 aerial.jpg

Aerial view of Harrington airfield, 1995. © Dave Welch.


Remains of the airfield, 29 June 2013.


Remains of a missile launch pad at Harrington, 3 August 2020.

Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):


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