RAF Harrington [pic heavy]

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RAF Harrington [pic heavy]

Postby Cluny » Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:41 pm

Opened in spring 1944 , RAF Harrington was the haunt of the USAAF Special Operations Group "The Carpetbaggers" [801st Bomb Group , later renamed 492nd Bomb Group] for the delivery and supply of SOE Agents in to Occupied Europe . Aircraft based here were B-24 Liberators , A-26 Invaders C-47 Skytrains and Mosquitoes . The airfield closed October 1945 and returned to farmland , until 1958 when the RAF selected the site for the basing of 3 x Thor IRBM's . They stayed untill 1963 and the airfield again returned to farmland [it was shortly after the Thor's were removed that the runways were taken up] .

Memorial .
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The cottages seen on the pic on the memorial from just a few yards up the peri track from the memorial .
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Southern Perimeter track.
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End of the SW/NE Runway .
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Western Perimeter track.
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Rifle Range .
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End of the W/E runway and the Thor site pyro store built on it .
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Thor site perimeter fence posts cut into the western perimeter track .
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End of the S/N runway .
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Southern Thor launch pad .
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Central Thor launch pad .
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Intersection of the N/S and E/W runways .
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Northern Thor launch pad .
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Thor control room [?] with the memorial in the background .
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Eastern Perimeter track from the memorial .
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Northern Perimeter track .
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End of the N/S runway .
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Northern perimeter track .
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What was marked on the map as a bulk fuel store , fairly destroyed .
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Re: RAF Harrington [pic heavy]

Postby Crew chief » Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:39 pm

Paul as always very interesting you should do a book. :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

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Re: RAF Harrington [pic heavy]

Postby Mayfly » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:04 pm

Love the 'Old airfield' shots - thanks for posting
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Re: RAF Harrington [pic heavy]

Postby Aceyone » Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:40 am

I love this sort of stuff,done a little bit in Suffolk/Norfolk ,many thanks for posting !
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