3d Reconnaissance Group

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3d Reconnaissance Group
3d Photographic Group (World War II) - Emblem.png
Emblem of the 3d Reconnaissance Group
Active 1942 – 1945
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Reconnaissance
Engagements World War II
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




 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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