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432d Reconnaissance Group
Active 1943–1958
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Force

The 432d Reconnaissance Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, based at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. It was inactivated on 8 February 1958.

During World War II the group trained, and provided reconnaissance to assist fighter, bombardment, and ground units with their training. Later, during the Cold War, the 432nd's mission was to assume the reconnaissance training mission that was handled previously by the 363 TRW. Inactivated in February 1958 when group elevated to Wing status and the group's squadrons were assigned directly to the wing.





  • Constituted as 432d Observation Group on 18 Feb 1943
Activated on 22 Feb 1943
Redesignated 432nd Reconnaissance Group in Apr 1943
Redesignated 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943
Disbanded on 1 Nov 1943.
  • Reconstituted on 14 Jan 1954
Activated on 18 Mar 1954
Inactivated on 8 Feb 1958


Attached to: Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics, 22 Feb-1 Nov 1943

Units assigned

  • 3d Reconnaissance Squadron: 22 Feb-1 Nov 1943
  • 20th Reconnaissance Squadron: 18 Mar 1954-8 Feb 1958
  • 29th Reconnaissance Squadron: 18 Mar 1954-8 Feb 1958
  • 41st Reconnaissance Squadron: 18 Mar 1954-8 Feb 1958
  • 43d Reconnaissance Squadron: 18 Mar 1954-8 Feb 1958



  • P-39's and L-3's, 1943
  • RF-84F 1954–57
  • RF-101C 1957–58
  • RB-57A, 1954–56
  • EB-66C 1956–58


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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