74th Reconnaissance Group

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74th Reconnaissance Group Continental Air Command.png
Active1942–1945, 1946-1949
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part ofContinental Air Command
Battle honoursAmerican Theater of World War II

The 74th Reconnaissance Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 91st Air Division at Stewart AFB, New York.


The unit was first activated at Lawson Field, Georgia in February 1942 as the 74th Observation Group, shortly after the United States entered into World War II.[1] However, the group's first operational squadrons, the 11th, the newly activated 13th, and the 22d Observation Squadrons were not assigned until the following month.[2][3][4] The unit flew reconnaissance, mapping, artillery adjustment, bombing, dive bombing, and strafing missions to support ground units in training or on maneuvers.[1] It trained personnel in aerial reconnaissance, medium bombardment, and fighter techniques throughout the war until it was inactivated in November 1945.[1]

The group was reactivated in the reserves in 1946 at Stewart Field (later Stewart Air Force Base), New York. It was inactivated on 27 June 1949


  • Constituted as 74th Observation Group on 5 February 1942
Activated on 27 February 1942
Redesignated as 74th Reconnaissance Group on 2 April 1943
Redesignated as 74th Tactical Reconnaissance Group on 11 August 1943
Inactivated on 7 November 1945.
  • Redesignated 74th Reconnaissance Group, allotted to the reserve, and activated, on 27 December 1946
Inactivated on 27 June 1949.





  • A-26, 1945
  • B-18, 1942-1943
  • F-6 (P-51), 1945
  • F-10 (B-25), 1944-1945
  • L-1, 1942-1943
  • L-3, 1942-1943
  • L-4, 1942-1943
  • L-5, 1944-1945
  • L-6, 1942-1943
  • O-52, 1942-1943
  • P-39, 1943
  • P-40, 1943-1944
  • P-43, 1942-1943

Sources[16] Equipped at various times withA-20's,




  1. ^ a b c Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 140. ISBN 0-912799-02-1.
  2. ^ a b AFHRA Factsheet, 11th Reconnaissance Squadron Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. (retrieved Dec 3, 2012)
  3. ^ a b AFHRA Factsheet, 29th Attack Squadron Archived 26 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. (retrieved Dec 3, 2012)
  4. ^ a b Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 117-119
  5. ^ This squadron is not related to the 5th Observation Squadron that is currently the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron
  6. ^ Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 35–36. ISBN 0-405-12194-6.
  7. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 49
  8. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 111-112
  9. ^ This squadron is not related to the one previously listed. During World War II it was designated the 22d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  10. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 117
  11. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 184-185
  12. ^ AFHRA Factsheet, 36th Intelligence Squadron Archived 26 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. (retrieved Dec 3, 2012)
  13. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 333
  14. ^ Abstract, Final History of 74th Tactical Reconnaissance Group (retrieved Dec 4, 2012)
  15. ^ AFHRA Factsheet, 91st Air Division Archived 28 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine. (retrieved Dec 4, 2012)
  16. ^ Aircraft flown are based on the sources cited for individual squadrons. Not all squadrons flew the same aircraft while assigned to the group


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

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