33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

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33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron - Emblem.png
Emblem of the 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
Active 1942-1945
Country  United States
Branch Roundel of the USAF.svg United States Air Force
Role Reconnaissance
Engagements World War II
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance A-20 Havoc
B-25 Mitchell
DB/RDB-7 Havoc
Piper L-4
P-39 Airacobra
P-43 Lancer
F-6B Mustang
P-38/F-5 Lightning

The 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron is an inactive United States Army Air Corps unit. It was last assigned to the Army Service Forces, stationed at Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts. It was inactivated on 4 October 1945.


Activated by Third Air Force in early 1942, was reconnaissance/observation training squadron in the Southeast United States flying a mixture of aircraft until the spring of 1944. Re-equipped with long-range F-5 Lightnings, deployed to European Theater of Operations (ETO) in the spring of 1944.

Engaged in tactical reconnaissance over the Normandy Beaches of France prior to the Allied invasion on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Afterwards engaged in highly dangerous unarmed reconnaissance of Northern France, the Low Countries and Germany as Allied armies moved west during the Northern France Campaign during the balance of 1944 and the Allied Invasion of Western Germany, spring 1945. Provided battlefield intelligence primarily to the United States Third Army, however also flew reconnaissance missions for the United States First and Ninth Armies as requested.

Assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe after the German Capitation in May 1945, was part of the Army of Occupation in Germany before demobilizing during the summer of 1945; inactivated as a paper unit in October 1945 under Army Service Forces.


  • Constituted 24th Observation Squadron (Light) on 5 Feb 1942.
Activated on 27 Feb 1942
Re-designated: 24th Observation Squadron on 4 Jul 1942
Re-designated: 24th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment) on 2 Apr 1943
Re-designated: 33d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 11 Aug 1943
Inactivated on 4 Oct 1945.


Attached to 10th Photographic Group to 11 Aug 1944
Attached to 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group to 2 Nov 1944





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

External links[edit]

The 33rd Photo Recon Squadron has an active website at www.33rdPhotoRecon.org.