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III Reconnaissance Command
Active 1941-1946
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Force
Type Command and Control
Part of Third Air Force
Engagements World War II

The III Reconnaissance Command is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Third Air Force stationed at Rapid City Army Air Base, South Dakota. It was inactivated on 8 April 1946.





  • Constituted as: I Air Support Command on 21 Aug 1941
Activated on 4 Sep 1941
Redesignated as: I Ground Air Support Command in Apr 1942
Redesignated as: I Air Support Command in Sep 1942
Redesignated as: I Tactical Air Division in Aug 1943
Redesignated as: III Tactical Air Division in Apr 1944
Redesignated as: III Reconnaissance Command in Jun 1945
Inactivated on 9 Apr 1946
Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948.



  • Various observation and light bombardment organizations



Flew antisubmarine patrols off the east coast, 7 Dec 1941-15 Oct 1942. Trained light bombardment crews, participated in air-ground maneuvers, and demonstrated air support techniques, Sep 1941-May 1944. Trained reconnaissance personnel and organizations, May 1944-1946.


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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