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7th Reconnaissance Group
Active 1943-1947
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Type Reconnaissance

The 7th Reconnaissance Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the United States Air Forces in Europe at the Hitcham Air Depot, England. It was inactivated on 21 November 1945





  • Constituted as 7th Photographic Group on 5 Feb 1943
Activated on 1 May 1943
Redesignated 7th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943
Redesignated 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in Nov 1943
Redesignated 7th Reconnaissance Group in Jun 1945
Inactivated in England on 21 Nov 1945
Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.


  • Second Air Force, 1 May 1943
  • VIII Air Service Command, 7 Jul 1943
  • 325th Photographic Wing, Reconnaissance, 9 Aug 1944
Redesignated 325th Reconnaissance Wing on 26 Jun 1945




Transferred, without personnel and equipment, to England on 7 Jul 1943 and assigned to Eighth AF. Used Spitfires and L-5's to obtain information about bombardment targets and damage inflicted by bombardment operations; provide mapping service for air and ground units; observe and report on enemy transportation, installations, and positions; and obtain data on weather conditions.

Prior to Jun 1944, photographed airfields, cities, industrial establishments, and ports in France, the Low Countries, and Germany. Received a DUC for operations during the period, 31 May-30 Jun 1944, when its coverage of bridges, marshalling yards, canals, highways, rivers, and other targets contributed much to the success of the Normandy campaign.

Covered missile sites in France during Jul, and in Aug carried out photographic mapping missions for ground forces advancing across France. Provided reconnaissance support for the airborne attack on Holland in Sep and for the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944–Jan 1945. Used P-51's to escort its own reconnaissance planes during the last months of the war as the group supported the Allied drive across the Rhine and into Germany. Took part in the final bomb- damage assessment following V–E Day


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

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1961 (republished 1983). ISBN 0-912799-02-1.

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