III Reconnaissance Command
|III Reconnaissance Command|
|Branch||United States Army Air Force|
|Type||Command and Control|
|Part of||Third Air Force|
|Engagements||World War II|
The III Reconnaissance Command was a United States Army Air Forces unit. Its last assignment was with Third Air Force stationed at Rapid City Army Air Base, South Dakota. It was inactivated on 8 April 1946.
- Constituted as: I Air Support Command on 21 August 1941
- Activated on 4 September 1941
- Redesignated as: I Ground Air Support Command in April 1942
- Redesignated as: I Air Support Command in September 1942
- Redesignated as: I Tactical Air Division in August 1943
- Redesignated as: III Tactical Air Division in April 1944
- Redesignated as: III Reconnaissance Command in June 1945
- Inactivated on 9 April 1946
- Disbanded on 8 October 1948.
- Various observation and light bombardment organizations
- Mitchel Field, New York, 1 September 1941
- Morris Field, North Carolina, November 1942
- Key Field, Mississippi, c. 3 April 1944
- Rapid City AAB, South Dakota, November 1945-9 April 1946.
Flew antisubmarine patrols off the east coast, 7 December 1941 – 15 October 1942. Trained light bombardment crews, participated in air-ground maneuvers, and demonstrated air support techniques, September 1941-May 1944. Trained reconnaissance personnel and organizations, May 1944 – 1946.
- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.