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A DeHavilland DH 98 Mosquito of the 492nd - 801st ,"Carpetbaggers", Bomb Group, probably taken at their base, AAF 179 Harrington, England. - Special "Joan - Eleanor" radio receivers were installed in the planes to collect transmissions from OSS agents on the ground in enemy territory on missions nicknamed "Red Stocking".



  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...


  • 42-40506 Fightin' Sam

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-40506, named, Fightin' Sam, was inherited by the 801st special night Bombing Group from the 8th Air Force, and the 389th Bomb Group of Station 179, on the night of May 29-30, 1944. The 801st Bomb Group was established as...


  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...


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11 January 2022 03:03:46 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations

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11 January 2022 03:01:47 Kickapoo Changes to caption

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15 January 2015 18:13:48 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and place associations

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