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36th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
Emblem of the 36th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
Active 1942-1946
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Force

The 36th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force. Its last assignment was with the Far East Air Forces, stationed at Fort William McKinley, Luzon, Philippines. It was inactivated on 20 February 1946.

During World War II, the squadron operated primarily in the Southwest Pacific Theater, providing aerial reconnaissance and intelligence information over a wide area of the theater in numerous campaigns. The squadron earned the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for its combat operations during the Liberation of the Philippines in 1944-1945.





  • Constituted 28th Observation Squadron on i Jul 1942
Activated on 17 Jul 1942
Redesignated: 28th Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter) on 2 Apr 1943
Redesignated: 28th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 11 Aug 1943
Redesignated: 36th Photographic Mapping Squadron on 9 Oct 1943
Redesignated: 36th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 29 Mar 1944
Inactivated on 20 Feb 1946


Attached to 73d Tactical Reconnaissance Group to 3 Nov 1943


Air echelon at Clark Field, Luzon, to Sep 1945


  • P-39, 1942-1943, 1943, 1943-1944
  • B-25, 1943-1944
  • Included A-20, A/RA-29, B-34, DB-7, L-1, L-2, L-4, L-5, 0-47, 0-52, P-43, and P-51 during period 1942-1944
  • P-38/F-5, 1944, 1945.


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0892010975

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