Lockheed F-4 (P-38) photo recon aircraft of the 3d Photographic Reconnaissance Group, Steeple Morden Airfield England (World War II).
The 3d Reconnaissance Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Twelfth Air Force, based at Pomigliano, Italy. It was inactivated on September 12, 1945.
Provided photographic intelligence that assisted the campaigns for Tunisia, Pantelleria, Sardinia, and Sicily. Reconnoitered airdromes, roads, marshalling yards, and harbors both before and after the Allied landings at Salerno. Covered the Anzio area early in 1944 and continued to support Fifth Army in its drive through Italy by determining troop movements, gun positions, and terrain. Flew reconnaissance missions in connection with the Invasion of Southern France in August 1944. Received a DUC for a mission on 28 August 1944 when the group provided photographic intelligence that assisted the rapid advance of Allied ground forces. Also mapped areas in France and the Balkans.
- Constituted as 3d Photographic Group on 9 June 1942 and activated on zo Jun
- Redesignated 3d Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943
- Redesignated 3d Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in November 1943
- Redesignated 3d Reconnaissance Group in May 1945
- Inactivated in Italy on 12 September 1945
- Disbanded on 6 March 1947.
- Attached to: 90th Photographic Wing, Reconnaissance, c. 15 August 1943 – 1 October 1944
- Flight attached to: 5th Reconnaissance Group, 10 March – 5 May 1944
- Attached to: 1st Bombardment Wing, 2 December 1942 – 16 February 1943
- Attached to: Eighth Air Force, 16 February – 7 July 1943
- Attached to: Second Air Force, 31 August 1942
- Attached to: United States Army Air Forces, 6 October 1942
- Attached to: Eighth Air Force, 5 May – 7 July 1943
- Attached to: 5th Reconnaissance Group, 21 November 1943 – 21 June 1944
- Colorado Springs AAB, Colorado, 20 June – 13 August 1942
- RAF Membury, England, 8 September 1942
- RAF Steeple Morden, England, 26 October – 22 November 1942
- Oran Es Sénia Airport, Oran, Algeria, 10 December 1942
- Maison Blanche Airport, Algiers, Algeria, 25 December 1942
- La Marsa Airfield, Tunisia, 13 June 1943
- San Severo Airfield, Italy, 8 December 1943
- Pomigliano Airfield, Italy 4 January 1944
- Nettuno Airfield, Italy, 16 June 1944
- Viterbo Airfield, Italy, 26 June 1944
- Corsica, c. 14 July 1944
- Rosia Airfield, Italy, C. September 1944
- Florence Airfield, Italy, 17 January 1945
- Pomigliano Airfield, Italy, 26 August – 12 September 1945
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 0-89201-092-4.
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