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1st Photographic Group
2nd Photographic Reconnaissance Group
3rd Photographic Reconnaissance Group
4th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
5th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
8th Reconnaissance Group
9th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
11th Photographic Group
25th Bombardment (Reconnaissance)Group
26th Reconnaissance Group
65th Reconnaissance Group
66th Reconnaissance Group
67th Reconnaissance Group
68th Reconnaissance Group
69th Reconnaissance Group
70th Reconnaissance Group
71st Reconnaissance Group
72nd Reconnaissance Group
74th Reconnaissance Group
75th Reconnaissance Group
76th Reconnaissance Group
77th Reconnaissance Group
363rd Reconnaissance Group
423rd Reconnaissance Group
424th Reconnaissance Group
426th Reconnaissance Group
432nd Reconnaissance Group



1st Photographic Group

Squadrons 1st Photographic
2nd Photographic
3rd Photographic
4th Photographic
6th Photographic
19th Photographic
91st Photographic
Brief History

Constituted as 1st Photographic Group on 15 May 1941. Activated on 10 Jun 1941. Renamed the 1st Mapping Group in Jan 1942, and 1st Photographic Charting Group in Aug 1943. Disbanded on Oct 1944.

Aircraft used by the Group Bolo B-18
Mitchell B-25
Hudson A-29
Flying Fortress B-17
Liberator B-24
Expeditor F-2
Havoc F-3
Liberator F-7

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2nd Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 6th Photographic Reconnaissance
7th Photographic Reconnaissance
11th Photographic Reconnaissance
29th Photographic Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 2nd Photographic Group in May 1942, it was then re-designated the 2nd Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943, and then the 2nd Photographic Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943. Assigned to 2nd Air force and then later to the 3rd Air force. Undertook the trained of crews and Units for photographic reconnaissance and mapping. Group disbanded in May 1944.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-24 Liberator
A-20 Havoc
L-4   Grasshopper
L-5   Sentinel
P-38 Lightning

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3rd Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 5th Photographic Reconnaissance
12th Photographic Reconnaissance
13th Photographic Reconnaissance
14th Photographic Reconnaissance
15th Photographic Reconnaissance
23rd Photographic Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed in June 1942 as the 3rd Photographic Group. Re-designated as the 3rd Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943, then the 3rd Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in Nov 1943, and lastly the 3rd Reconnaissance Group in May 1945. Moved to the Mediterranean theatre via England in Nov-Dec 1942, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Used F-4 and F-5 aircraft. Provided photographic intelligence that assisted the campaigns for Tunisia, Pantelleria, Sardinia, and Sicily. Covered the Anzio area early in 1944 and continued to support Fifth Army in its drive through Italy. Flew reconnaissance missions over the period of the invasion of Southern France in Aug 1944. Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.

Aircraft used by the Group F-5 Lightning
F-4 Lightning

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4th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 17th Photographic Reconnaissance
18th Photographic Reconnaissance
19th Photographic Reconnaissance
20th Photographic Reconnaissance
38th Photographic Reconnaissance
Brief History

Starting life as the 4th Photographic Group in Jul 1942. Undertook training for overseas duty with the Lockheed F-4. Moved to the South Pacific late in 1942. Joined the 13th Air force in Jan 1943. Re-designated the 4th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943, then the 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in late 1943 and then the 4th Reconnaissance Group in May 1945. From Dec 1942 to May 1945 the group, based successively on New Caledonia, Espiritu Santo, Guadalcanal, and Morotai, flying reconnaissance missions over enemy territory to supply air force units with target and damage assessment photographs. During the last three months of the war the group photographed Japanese positions and installations on Mindanao and Borneo to aid US and Australian operations. Moved to Leyte in Sep 1945. Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.

Aircraft used by the Group F-4 Lightning

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5th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 15th Photographic Reconnaissance
21st Photographic Reconnaissance
22nd Photographic Reconnaissance
23rd Photographic Reconnaissance
24th Photographic Reconnaissance
32nd Photographic Reconnaissance
37th Photographic Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 5th Photographic Group in Jul 1942. Re-designated as the 5th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943, then the 5th Photographic Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943. Transferred to the Mediterranean theatre in Jul-Sep 1943. Assigned first to 12th Air force and then later (late 1944) to 15th Air force. Flew missions over Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Balkans, using F-5 aircraft. Also flew some photographic missions at night with B-17's and B-25's. Photographed areas near Anzio prior to the Allied landings. Provided reconnaissance services for 15th Air force's campaign against the enemy's oil industry, aircraft production, and communications. Also assisted the advance of ground forces in northern Italy by supplying intelligence on enemy installations in the area. Re-named the 5th Reconnaissance Group in May 1945. Returned to the US in Oct of that year. Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
B-17 Flying Fortress
F-5   Lightning

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6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 8th   Photographic Reconnaissance
20th Photographic Reconnaissance
25th Photographic Reconnaissance
26th Photographic Reconnaissance
27th Photographic Reconnaissance
36th Photographic Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed in early 1943 as the 6th Photographic Group, then re-designated as the 6th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943. Again another name change to the 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943 and then the 6th Reconnaissance Group in May 1945. The Unit moved to the Southwest Pacific in Sep-Oct 1943, and was assigned to the 5th Air Force. After moving to the Philippines in Nov 1944, they flew missions to Formosa and China, engaged in mapping parts of Luzon and Mindanao, and provided intelligence for US ground forces concerning Japanese movements. Moved to Okinawa in Jul 1945 and flew some missions over Kyushu before the war ended. Moved to Japan in Sep 1945. Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.

Aircraft used by the Group F-5 Lightning
F-7 Liberator

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7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 13th Photographic Reconnaissance
14th Photographic Reconnaissance
22nd Photographic Reconnaissance
27th Photographic Reconnaissance
28th Photographic Reconnaissance
29th Photographic Reconnaissance
30th Photographic Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 7th Photographic Group on Feb 1943. Re-designated as the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943 and then the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in Nov 1943, and lastly the 7th Reconnaissance Group in Jun 1945. Transferred, without personnel and equipment, to England on 7 Jul 1943 and assigned to 8th Air Force. Used Spitfires PR XI and L-5's. Prior to Jun 1944, photographed airfields, cities, industrial establishments, and ports in France, the Low Countries, and Germany. Provided reconnaissance support for the airborne attack on Holland in Sep 1944 and for the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945. Used P-51's to escort its own reconnaissance planes during the last months of the war as the group supported the Allied drive across the Rhine and into Germany. Took part in the final bomb-damage assessment following V-E Day. Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.

Aircraft used by the Group L-5    Sentinel
P-51  Mustang
PR XI Spitfire

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8th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 9th   Reconnaissance
20th Reconnaissance
24th Reconnaissance
40th Reconnaissance
Brief History

Started as the 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group on 15 Sep 1943. Activated on 1 Oct 1943. Trained to supply photographic intelligence for air and ground forces. Transferred to India in Feb-Mar 1944. Conducted photographic reconnaissance over areas in Burma, China, French Indochina, and Thailand. Re-designated the 8th Reconnaissance Group in Jun 1945. Returned to the United States in late 1945. Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.

Aircraft used by the Group F-5   Lightning
F-6   Mustang
F-7   Liberator
P-40 Warhawk

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9th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons Squadrons were attached to the Group, but none were assigned
Brief History

Formed as the 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Group in Sep 1943. Under the command of the 3rd Air Force. The Group trained crews and units for photographic reconnaissance and combat mapping. Disbanded on 6 May 1944

Aircraft used by the Group B-17 Flying Fortress
B-24 Liberator
A-20 Havoc
F-5   Lightning
F-4   Lightning
F-7   Liberator

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10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 1st Photographic Reconnaissance
12th Photographic Reconnaissance
15th Photographic Reconnaissance
16th Photographic Reconnaissance
22nd Photographic Reconnaissance
30th Photographic Reconnaissance
31st Photographic Reconnaissance
33rd Photographic Reconnaissance
34th Photographic Reconnaissance
36th Photographic Reconnaissance
39th Photographic Reconnaissance
91st Photographic Reconnaissance
111th Photographic Reconnaissance
152nd Photographic Reconnaissance
155th Photographic Reconnaissance
160th Photographic Reconnaissance
162nd Photographic Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 73rd Observation Group in Aug 1941. Tasked with training activities. Re-designated 73rd Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943, and then the 73rd Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943 and then became the 10th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in Dec 1943. Moved to the European theatre, Jan-Feb 1944, for duty with 9th Air Force. Photographed airfields, coastal defences, and ports, and made bomb-damage assessment photographs of airfields, marshalling yards, bridges, and other targets, in preparation for the Normandy invasion. Supported the invasion in Jun 44 by making visual and photographic reconnaissance of bridges, artillery, road and railroad junctions, traffic centres, airfields, and other targets. Aided Third Army and other Allied organizations in the battle to breach the Siegfried Line during Sep-Dec 1944. Participated in the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945, by flying reconnaissance missions in the combat zone. From Feb 1945 to V-E Day, assisted the advance of Third Army across the Rhine, to Czechoslovakia, and into Austria. Remained in Germany after the war as part of the army of occupation, being assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe. Was then Re-designated the 10th Reconnaissance Group in the summer of 1945. Transferred, without personnel and equipment, back to the United States in Jun 1947. Re-equipped with RF-51's and then re-named the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Jun 1948.

Aircraft used by the Group F-3 Havoc
F-5 Lightning
F-6 Mustang North American
L-1 Vigilent
L-4 Grasshopper
L-5 Sentinel

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11th Photographic Group

Squadrons 1st Photographic
3rd Photographic
19th Photographic
Brief History

Formed as the 11th Photographic Group (Mapping) on 19 Nov 1943. Tasked with photographic mapping in the United States and sent detachments to carry out similar operations in Africa, the Near and Middle East, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, and the Caribbean. Disbanded on 5 Oct 1944.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-24 Liberator
B-29 Superfortress
F-2 Expeditor
F-9 Fortress
F-10 Mitchell
A-20 Havoc

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25th Bombardment (Reconnaissance)

Squadrons 652nd Bombardment
653rd Bombardment
654th Bombardment
Brief History

Not a truly a reconnaissance Unit, the 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was formed on the 17 Jul 1944. Served with 8th Air Force in England up until V-E Day. Operations included reconnaissance over the waters adjacent to the British Isles and occasionally to the Azores to obtain meteorological data; flights over the Continent for weather information needed in planning operations; night photographic missions to detect enemy activity; and daylight photographic and mapping missions over the Continent. Transferred to the United States in the summer of 1945.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-24 Liberator
L-5   Sentinel
B-26 Marauder
P-38 Lightning

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26th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 14th Reconnaissance
72nd Reconnaissance
91st Reconnaissance
101st Reconnaissance
103rd Reconnaissance
152nd Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 26th Observation Group in Aug 1941. Assigned to 1st and then later to 3rd Air Force. Re-named the 26th Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943 and then the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943. Participated in antisubmarine patrols off the east coast of the United States after they entered the war. Disbanded in Nov 1943.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
A-20 Havoc
L-4   Grasshopper
P-39 Airacobra
O-46
O-47
O-52 Owl

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65th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 18th Reconnaissance
105th Reconnaissance
112th Reconnaissance
121st Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 65th Observation Group on 21 Aug 1941. Flew antisubmarine patrols off the east coast of the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbour. Re-named the 65th Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943. Served as a training organization for crews that changed from observation aircraft to B-25's. Disbanded on 15 Aug 1943.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
O-47
O-52 Owl
O-49 Vigilant

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66th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 19th Liaison
23rd Reconnaissance
97th Reconnaissance
106th Reconnaissance
118th Reconnaissance
Brief History Started life as 66th Observation Group on 21 Aug 194. Renamed the 66th Reconnaissance Group in Mid 1943 and 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in August of the same year. Supported ground units on manoeuvres. Trained personnel in aerial reconnaissance. Also flew antisubmarine patrols off the east coast of the USA during Jan-Aug 1942. Unit disbanded on 20 Apr 1944.
Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
A-20 Havoc
L-5 Stinson
P-40 Warhawk
P-39 Airacobra
O-46 Douglas
O-47
L-6 Grasshopper

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67th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 12th Reconnaissance
15th Reconnaissance
30th Reconnaissance
33rd Reconnaissance
107th Reconnaissance
109th Reconnaissance
113th Reconnaissance
153rd Reconnaissance
161st Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 67th Observation Group in Aug 1941. Undertook antisubmarine patrols along the east coast of the USA after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. Transferred to the European theatre Aug-Oct 1942. Became part of the Eighth Air Force and then in late 1943 came under the command of the Ninth Air Force. In May 1943 remained the 67th Reconnaissance Group and then the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Nov 1943 and then another name change in 1945 to the 67th Reconnaissance Group.
The Group returned to the USA in Sep 1945 and was disbanded in Mar 1946.

Aircraft used by the Group F-5 Lightning
P-38 Lightning
P-51 Mustang

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68th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 16th Reconnaissance
111th Reconnaissance
122nd Reconnaissance
125th Reconnaissance
127th Reconnaissance
154th Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 68th Observation Group in August 1941. Renamed the 68th Reconnaissance Group in May 1943 and then the 68th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in late 1943.
The Group flew patrols over the Gulf of Mexico and along the Mexican border after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. After training the Group moved to the Mediterranean theatre in late 1942 and was assigned to the US 12th Air Force.
The Group was moved to Italy and assigned to 15th Air Force in Nov 1943. In April 1944 the Group was again transferred to North Africa. Finally being disbanded in June 1944.

Aircraft used by the Group B-17 Flying Fortress
B-24 Liberator
A-20 Havoc
P-40 Warhawk
P-39 Airacobra
P-38 Lightning
P-51 Mustang

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69th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 10th Reconnaissance
22nd Reconnaissance
31st Reconnaissance
34th Reconnaissance
37th Reconnaissance
82nd Reconnaissance
101st Reconnaissance
102nd Reconnaissance
111th Reconnaissance
115th Reconnaissance
Brief History

Starting as the 69th Observation Group in August 1941 and fully operational in September 1941. They were renamed the 69th Reconnaissance Group in mid 1943 and then the 69th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in August 1943. Used primarily in air-ground training during the years 1943 and 1944 and then began training with F-6's in January 1945 for duty overseas. Moved to France in March 1945 and was assigned to 9th US Air Force, flying visual-reconnaissance and photographic missions. Another name change in June 1945 to the 69th Reconnaissance Group.
The Group returned to the USA between July and August 1945 and was then made inactivated in July 1946.

Aircraft used by the Group B-17 Flying Fortress
B-24 Liberator
A-20 Havoc
P-40 Warhawk
P-39 Airacobra
P-38 Lightning
P-51 Mustang

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70th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 26th Tactical Reconnaissance
112th Reconnaissance
116th Reconnaissance
123rd Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 70th Observation Group in Aug 1941 and started operations in late 1941. renamed the 70th Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943 and then the 70th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in August 1943. Supplied reconnaissance, fighter and bomber support to ground forces in training and on manoeuvres along the west coast of the United States. Also flying some antisubmarine patrols off the west coast from Dec 1941 until late 1942. The Group was disbanded in Nov 1943.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
A-20 Havoc
L-4 Grasshopper
L-5 Sentinel
P-39 Airacobra
O-46
O-47
L-6 Grasshopper
L-2 Grasshopper

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71st Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 17th Reconnaissance
25th Liaison
82nd Reconnaissance
102nd Reconnaissance
110th Reconnaissance
128th Reconnaissance
Brief History

First formed as the 71st Observation Group in August 1941, becoming operational in October of that year 1941. The Group flew anti-submarine patrols off the west coast of the United States during December 1941 until January 1943. The Groups name was changed to the 71st Reconnaissance Group in April 1943 and then the 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group in May 1944 and yet again to the 71st Reconnaissance Group in May 1945. The Group moved to the Southwest Pacific in late 1943 and was assigned to 15th US Air Force.
Based on New Guinea and Biak, they flew reconnaissance missions over New Guinea, New Britain, and the Admiralties to provide target and damage-assessment imagery, they also bombed and strafed Japanese installations, airfields and shipping.
With another moved, this time to the Philippines in Nov 1944, were they flew reconnaissance missions to provide information on Japanese troop movements, gun positions and supply routes. Also photographing airfields in Formosa and China and attacked enemy shipping off the Asiatic coast.
One member of the Group, Major William A Shomo was awarded the Medal of Honour for action on 11 Jan 1945 "sighting a formation of thirteen Japanese aircraft while leading a two-plane flight, Major Shomo attacked the superior enemy force and destroyed seven planes". After the Group moved again, this time to Ie Shima (Aug 1945), they were used to attack transportation targets on Kyushu and fly over southern Japan to locate prisoner of war camps, to assess bomb damage and to obtain information on Japanese movements. With their last move to Japan in Oct 1945 the Group became non-operational in February 1946.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
L-4 Grasshopper
L-5 Sentinel
P-40 Warhawk
P-39 Airacobra
P-38 Lightning
L-6 Grasshopper

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72nd Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 1st Reconnaissance
4th Reconnaissance
39th Reconnaissance
108th Reconnaissance
124th Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 72nd Observation Group in August 1941. Becoming operational in Sep 1941. Renamed to the 72nd Reconnaissance Group in 1943. The Group was moved to the Panama Canal Zone between Dec 1941-Jan 1942, here they flew patrol missions, carried mail, searched for missing aircraft, provided reconnaissance support to ground forces and occasionally did photographic-mapping work. The Group was disbanded in Nov 1943.

Aircraft used by the Group B-18 Bolo
L-1 Vigilent
L-4 Grasshopper
P-39 Airacobra
O-47
O-52 Owl
O-49 Vigilant

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74th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 5th Reconnaissance
8th Reconnaissance
11th Reconnaissance
13th Reconnaissance
22nd Tactical Reconnaissance
36th Reconnaissance
101st Reconnaissance
Brief History

Starting it's operational career as the 74th Observation Group in Feb 1942 and became fully operational that same month. Re-designated the 74th Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943 and then the 74th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943. The Group flew reconnaissance, bombing (which also included dive-bombing), and strafing missions to support ground units in training or on manoeuvres. The Group also trained personnel in aerial reconnaissance, medium bombardment, and fighter techniques. The Group lost it's operational status in Nov 1945.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
A-20 Havoc
L-1 Vigilent
L-4 Grasshopper
L-5 Sentinel
P-40 Warhawk
P-39 Airacobra
P-51 Mustang
O-52 Owl

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75th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 521st Reconnaissance
30th Reconnaissance
124th Reconnaissance
127th Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed in Feb 1942 as the 75th Observation Group. Renamed the 75th Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943 and with another name change to the 75th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943. Until late 1942 the group aided ground units with their training by flying reconnaissance, artillery adjustment, strafing, and dive-bombing missions. One of the Group's Squadrons, the 124th, flew antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. From the start of 1943, the Group functioned primarily as a replacement training unit, being disbanded in May 1944.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
A-20 Havoc
L-1 Vigilent
L-4 Grasshopper
P-40 Warhawk
P-39 Airacobra
P-51 Mustang
O-47
O-52 Owl
L-2 Grasshopper

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76th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 20th Reconnaissance
23rd Reconnaissance
24th Reconnaissance
70th Reconnaissance
91st Reconnaissance
97th Reconnaissance
101st Reconnaissance
102nd Reconnaissance
106th Reconnaissance
121st Reconnaissance
Brief History

Constituted as 76th Observation Group in Feb 1942, renamed the 76th Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943 and then again the 76th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943. Trained in aerial reconnaissance and air support techniques and aided ground units in their training, Feb 1942-May 1943. Was assisted to the Second Army on manoeuvres, May-Sep 1943; participated in manoeuvres with ground forces in the California-Arizona desert training area beginning in Sep 1943.
Disbanded on 15 Apr 1944.

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
A-20 Havoc
L-1 Vigilent
L-4 Grasshopper
L-5 Sentinel
P-40 Warhawk
P-39 Airacobra
L-6 Grasshopper

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77th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 5th Reconnaissance
27th Reconnaissance
35th Reconnaissance
113th Reconnaissance
120th Reconnaissance
125th Reconnaissance
128th Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 77th Observation Group in Feb 1942. Name changed to the 77th Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943 and then to the 77th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943. The Group was used to supported ground units in training by flying reconnaissance, artillery adjustment, fighter, and bomber missions and in the process trained reconnaissance personnel who later served overseas. The 113th squadron flew antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico from Mar until Jun 1942 when it was relieved by the 128th. The 120th squadron patrolled the Mexican border during Mar-Jul 1942. A detachment of the 77th served in India from Feb until Jul 1943.
The group was disbanded on 30 Nov 1943

Aircraft used by the Group B-25 Mitchell
A-20 Havoc
L-5 Sentinel
P-40 Warhawk
P-39 Airacobra
O-47
O-52 Owl

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363rd Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 31st Reconnaissance
33rd Reconnaissance
39th Reconnaissance
155th Reconnaissance
160th Reconnaissance
161st Reconnaissance
162nd Reconnaissance
Brief History Starting life as the 363d Fighter Group in Feb 1943. The Group trained with P-39's and served as part of the air defence force. The Group then moved to England in Dec 1943 for duty with 9th Air Force and was equipped with P-51's in Jan 1944. The Group supported the invasion of Normandy in Jun 1944 by escorting troop carriers and gliders and by attacking enemy positions near the front lines, and moved to the Continent at the end of Jun to take part in the Allied drive to the German border.
Renamed 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Sep 1944. Equipped with F-5 and F-6 aircraft. They flew photographic missions to support both air and ground operations. The Group received two Belgian citations for reconnaissance activities, including the group's support of the assault on the Siegfried Line and its participation in the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944 - Jan 1945. Another name change in Jan 1945 to the 363d Reconnaissance Group. Returned to the US in Dec of that year.
Aircraft used by the Group F-5 Lightning
F-6 Mustang
P-39 Airacobra Bell
P-51 Mustang

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423rd Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 29th Reconnaissance
32nd Reconnaissance
33rd Reconnaissance
34th Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 423rd Observation Group in Mar 1943. Assigned to the 3rd Air Force. Renamed in Apr 1943 to the 413th Reconnaissance Group. Original mission of training replacements was changed in Jun 1943 to training pilot instructors for III Fighter Command.
Disbanded on 15 Aug 1943.

Aircraft used by the Group Unknown at this time

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424th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 35th Reconnaissance
36th Reconnaissance
37th Reconnaissance
38th Reconnaissance
Brief History

Started as the 414th Observation Group in Mar 1943. Assigned to 3rd Air Force. Renamed to the 424th Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943. However, the Group was never fully organized.
Disbanded on 15 Aug 1943.

Aircraft used by the Group Unknown at this time

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426th Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 44th Reconnaissance
45th Reconnaissance
46th Reconnaissance
47th Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 416th Reconnaissance Group in Jun 1943. Assigned to 3rd Air Force, But was never fully organized.
Disbanded on 15 Aug 1943.

Aircraft used by the Group Unknown at this time

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432nd Reconnaissance Group

Squadrons 3rd Reconnaissance
Brief History

Formed as the 432nd Observation Group in Feb 1943. Assigned to Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics. Renamed in Apr 1943 to the 432nd Reconnaissance Group and then again change to the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943.
Disbanded on 1 Nov 1943.

Aircraft used by the Group P-39 Airacobra
L-3 Grasshopper

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