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4th Reconnaissance Group
Emblem of the 4th Reconnaissance Group
Active 1942-1946
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Force

The 4th Reconnaissance Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to Thirteenth Air Force and was stationed at Clark Field, Philippines. It was inactivated on 15 January 1946.

The unit operated P-38/F-4 Lightning photo-reconnaissance aircraft in the Pacific Theater of World War II over a wide area. The group, based successively on New Caledonia, Espiritu Santo, Guadalcanal, and Morotai, flew reconnaissance missions over enemy territory to supply air force units with target and damage- assessment photographs and to provide army and navy units with intelligence on Japanese troop concentrations, installa¬tions, shore defenses, supply routes, and shipping. It also produced maps of Allied and enemy-held territory and prepared navigation charts for US units.

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





  • Constituted as 4th Photographic Group on 14 Jul 1942
Activated on 23 Jul 1942
Redesignated 4th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943
Redesignated 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in Nov 1943
Redesignated 4th Reconnaissance Group in May 1945
Inactivated on 15 Jan 1946
Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.



  • 17th Photographic Reconnaissance, 23 Jul 1942-15 Jan 1946
  • 18th Photographic Reconnaissance (1942-46)
  • 19th Photographic Reconnaissance, 23 Jul 1942-15 Jan 1946
  • 20th Photographic Reconnaissance, 23 Jul 1942-15 Jan 1946
  • 38th Photographic Reconnaissance , 23 Jul 1942-15 Jan 1946



 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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