31st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron

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31st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Active 15 January 1941 – 8 October 1948
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Reconnaissance
Engagements World War II
Disbanded 8 October 1948
Aircraft flown

The 31st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to XIX Tactical Air Command at Brooks Field, Texas, where it was inactivated on 3 February 1946.


The squadron was first activated at March Field, California in 1951 as the 31st Army Reconnaissance Squadron, flying light observation planes. After the Attack on Pearl Harbor, the squadron flew antisubmarine patrols over the Pacific coast in 1942. It was moved to the Southeastern United States in late 1942.[1]

The squadron was primarily used for observation during Army training maneuvers near Fort Polk, Louisiana and Fort Benning, Georgia. The unit deployed to the European Theater of Operations on 22 April 1945. It flew battlefield reconnaissance in the Low Countries and during the Allied invasion of Germany in the spring of 1945, supporting Ninth Army.

The squadron returned to the United States in August 1945, was never fully manned or equipped. It was inactivated in February 1946.[1]


  • Constituted as the 31st Army Reconnaissance Squadron on 20 November 1940
Activated on 15 January 1941
Redesignated 31st Observation Squadron on 14 August 1941
Redesignated 31st Observation Squadron (Medium) on 13 January 1942
Redesignated 31st Observation Squadron on 4 July 1942
Redesignated 31st Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter) on 2 April 1943
Redesignated 31st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 11 August 1943
Inactivated on 3 February 1946
Disbanded on 8 October 1948[1]




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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Maurer, p. 155


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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