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6th Reconnaissance Group
Active 5 Feb 1943-6 Mar 1947
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Role Reconnaissance

The 6th Reconnaissance Group is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force. Its last assignment was with Fifth Air Force, stationed at Irumagawa Air Base, Japan. It was inactivated on 27 April 1946.

During World War II, the group operated primarily in the Southwest Pacific Theater and used F-5's and F-7's to photograph Japanese airfields, harbors, beach defenses, and personnel areas in New Guinea, the Bismarcks, Borneo, and the southern Philippines. Reconnoitered target areas and enemy troop positions to provide intelligence for air force and army units. Received a Distinguished Unit Citation for unescorted flights to Leyte during Sep 1944 when in a minimum period of time the group obtained information about Japanese defenses, such information being necessary for planning the amphibious assault on the Philippines.

After moving to the Philippines in Nov 1944, 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 Kyūshū before the war ended.

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Lineage

  • Constituted as 6th Photographic Group on 5 Feb 1943 and activated on 9 Feb.
Redesignated: 6th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943
Redesignated: 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943
Redesignated: 6th Reconnaissance Group in May 1945
Inactivated on 27 Apr 1946
Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.

Assignments

Stations

Headquarters and Ground Echelon:

(Air Echelon deployed at stations throughout Southwest Pacific)

Units assigned

Attached to: V Bomber Command, 10 Dec 1945-27 Apr 1946
Aircraft: P-38 (F-4/F-5), 1943-1946; B-26 (F-6), 1943-1944
Aircraft: B-24 (F-7), 1943-1946
Detached to: V Fighter Command, 10 Feb 1946
Aircraft: P-38 (F-5), 1943-1945; B-25, 1944
  • 26th Reconnaissance Squadron: 9 Feb 1943—21 Nov 1945
Detached to: 308th Bombardment Wing, 22 Oct-21 Nov 1945
Aircraft: P-38 (F-4), 1943 P-38 (F-5), 1944-1945
  • 27th Reconnaissance Squadron: 9 Feb-9 Oct 1943
Aircraft: P-38 (F-4), 1943
  • 36th Reconnaissance Squadron: 23 Dec 1944-20 Oct 1945
Aircraft: P-38 (F-4), 1944-1945

See also

References

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.
  • 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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