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3d Reconnaissance Group
Emblem of the 3d Reconnaissance Group
Active 1942-1945
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Force
Type Reconnaissance
Engagements World War II

The 3d Reconnaissance Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Twelfth Air Force, based at Pomigliano, Italy. It was inactivated on 12 September 1945





  • Constituted as 3d Photographic Group on 9 Jun 1942 and activated on zo Jun
Redesignated 3d Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943
Redesignated 3d Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in Nov 1943
Redesignated 3d Reconnaissance Group in May 1945
Inactivated in Italy on 12 Sep 1945
Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.


Attached to: 90th Photographic Wing, Reconnaissance, c. 15 Aug 1943-1 Oct 1944


  • 5rh Reconnaissance Squadron: 1 Oct 1942-21 Jan 1944 (Attached); 21 Jan 1944-12 Sep 1945
Flight attached to: 5th Reconnaissance Group, 10 Mar-5 May 1944
Attached to: 1st Bombardment Wing, 2 Dec 1942-16 Feb 1943
Attached to: Eighth Air Force, 16 Feb-7 Jul 1943
  • 14th Reconnaissance Squadron: 20 Jun 1942-7 Jul 1943
Attached to: Second Air Force, 31 Aug 1942
Attached to: United States Army Air Forces, 6 Oct 1942
Attached to: Eighth Air Force, 5 May-7 Jul 1943
Attached to: 5th Reconnaissance Group, 21 Nov 1943-21 Jun 1944
  • 23d Reconnaissance Squadron: 15 Jul-8 Sep 1943; 9 Feb-9 Mar 1944; 23 Aug-15 Nov 1944 (All attached); 15 Nov 1944-12 Sep 1945




Provided photographic intelligence that assisted the campaigns for Tunisia, Pantelleria, Sardinia, and Sicily. Reconnoitered airdromes, roads, marshalling yards, and harbors both before and after the Allied landings at Salerno. Covered the Anzio area early in 1944 and continued to support Fifth Army in its drive through Italy by determining troop movements, gun positions, and terrain. Flew reconnaissance missions in connection with the Invasion of Southern France in Aug 1944. Received a DUC for a mission on 28 Aug 1944 when the group provided photographic intelligence that assisted the rapid advance of Allied ground forces. Also mapped areas in France and the Balkans.


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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.

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