UK members of the CAF had the opportunity to visit the Harrington USAAF Carpetbagger Museum, Memorial and tour what remains of the WW2 airfield. Harrington (USAAF Station 179). This site was used in WW2 by the 801st/492nd BG. They conducted clandestine air drops into the occupied countries of Europe in support of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), flying their specially adapted black B24 Liberator bombers. After WW2 the wing was disbanded, but the lineage of special operations lives on as in 2017 the new 492nd special operations wing was resurrected at Hulburt Field Florida, Continuing the proud legacy of special operations aviation support.
UK CAF members provided a CAF recruiting stand and several historic US Military vehicles for the 2019 Harrington Aviation Museum Open day. The event saw the return of WW2 US veteran who was stationed at Harrington during WW2.
A little bit outside the WW2 Theme, but who doesn't love a Hummer. This M998 Is owned and operated by UK CAF members and is a veteran of the first Gulf war. She originally served with the Florida National Guard. There was a wide range of WW2 and post war Military vehicles at this event. In keeping with the venue which saw service into the cold war era, being one of the few sites in the UK to stage the US Thor Nuclear Missiles, during their brief deployment on UK soil between 1958 and 1964.
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The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is a 501 (c) 3 Texas non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. The organization's headquarters offices are based in Dallas, Texas, at Dallas Executive Airport. At this time the organization has more than 11,000 members and has a fleet of more than 175 World War II aircraft. CAF United Kingdom is a UK based branch of the Worldwide CAF organisation.
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