Carpetbagger Aviation Museum

Harrington, Northamptonshire

What we are

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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 is the Northants Aviation Society Museum. This contains many remains of recovered World War II aircraft and other fascinating items of equipment and memorabilia

For more details on the Harrington Aviation Museum Society (registered charity No 1061997)

Please contact

Roy Tebbutt at

Fred West. Tel 01536 711556


For more details on the Northants Aviation Society

Please contact

Jason Reeves 01604 452604


What we are

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Special Events

The Beginning

Harrington Airfield

801st / 492nd BG

Operation Carpetbagger

Red Stocking

Callahan's Trapeze

Tempsford Airfield

Thor Rockets

The Ammo Can

Museum Leaflet (pdf file)


801st/492nd BG Association newsletter

Harrington Aviation Museum newsletter


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