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69 RECONNAISSANCE GROUP (ACC)

Posted 4/9/2012 Printable Fact Sheet

Lineage. Established as 69 Observation Group on 21 Aug 1941. Activated on 3 Sep 1941. Redesignated as: 69 Reconnaissance Group on 15 Apr 1943; 69 Tactical Reconnaissance Group on 11 Aug 1943; 69 Reconnaissance Group on 15 Jun 1945. Inactivated on 29 Jul 1946. Activated on 19 Sep 2011.
 
Assignments. 4 Air Support Command, 3 Sep 1941; IV Ground Air Support Command, 30 Jun 1942; Second Air Force, 21 Aug 1942; II Ground Air Support Command, 7 Sep 1942; 3 Air Support Command, 6 Aug 1943; III Reconnaissance Command, 25 Sep 1943; Third Air Force, 9 Oct 1943; III Tactical Air Division, 18 Apr 1944; XII Tactical Air Command, 27 Mar 1945; Ninth Air Force, 20 May 1945; Third Air Force, 9 Jul 1945; Tactical Air Command, 21 Mar-29 Jul 1946. 9 Reconnaissance Wing, 19 Sep 2011-.
 
Operational Components. Squadrons. 10 Observation (later, 10 Tactical Reconnaissance): 2 Mar 1942-31 Mar 1946. 22 Tactical Reconnaissance, 29 Jan 1945-29 Jul 1946. 31 Tactical Reconnaissance: assigned, 29 Mar 1942-20 Mar 1945; attached, 3 Aug 1945-3 Feb 1946. 34 Photographic Reconnaissance: 20 Apr-11 Jul 1945. 37 Photographic Reconnaissance: 9 Oct 1943-29 Mar 1944. 82 Tactical Reconnaissance: 3 Sep 1941-29 Mar 1942. 101 Bombardment Photographic (formerly, 39 Reconnaissance): assigned, 11 Apr 1944-29 Jan 1945; attached, 7 Nov-25 Dec 1945. 102 Observation (later, 102 Reconnaissance; 102 Tactical Reconnaissance): attached, Dec 1941-28 Mar 1942; assigned 29 Mar 1942-4 Apr 1944. 111 Tactical Reconnaissance: 20 Apr-2 Jul 1945. 115 Observation (later, 115 Liaison): 3 Sep 1941-11 Aug 1943.
 
Stations. Paso Robles, CA, 3 Sep 1941; Salinas, CA, c. 3 Oct 1941; San Bernardino, CA, 13 Dec 1941; Ontario, CA, c. 1 Jun 1942; Laurel AAB, MS, 11 Nov 1942; Esler Field, LA, 31 Mar 1943; Abilene AAFld, TX, 10 Sep 1943; Esler Field, LA, 13 Nov 1943; Key Field, MS, 25 Jan-26 Feb 1945; Nancy, France, c. 22 Mar 1945; Haguenau, France, c. 2 Apr-c. 30 Jun 1945; Drew Field, FL, 3 Aug 1945; Stuttgart AAFld, AR, 11 Nov 1945; Brooks Field, TX, Dec 1945-29 Jun 1946. Grand Forks AFB, ND, 19 Sep 2011-.
 
Commanders. Unkn, 3 Sep-2 Oct 1941; Maj William C. Sams, 3 Oct 1941; Col John N. Jeffers, 9 Dec 1941; Col Kenneth R. Crosher, 8 Nov 1942; Maj Cecil E. West, 12 May 1943; Lt Col Eugene C. Woltz, 29 Sep 1943; Lt Col Arthur Fite Jr., 26 Oct 1944; Col John T. Shields, 21 Jan 1945; Lt Col Richard A. Morehouse, c. 20 Feb 1946; Col Russell A. Berg, c. 10 Mar-29 Jul 1946.

Aircraft. Flew a variety of aircraft including: O-38, 1941-1944; O- 46, 1941-1945; O-47, 1941-1944; O-52, 1942-1945; L-1, 1942-1944; L-2, 1942-1944; L-3, 1942-1944; L-4, 1942-1945; L-5, 1943-1946; L-49, 1941-1945; P-39, 1943-1944; P-40, 1943-1945; B-25, 1943-1946; A-20, 1943-1945; A-26, 1944-1946; P-51, 1945-1946; C-45, 1945-1946; F-6, 1945-1946.
 
Operations. Flew antisubmarine patrols along Pacific coast after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Engaged in air-ground training during 1943 and 1944. Trained with F-6s in Jan 1945 for duty overseas. Moved to France in Mar 1945. Flew visual-reconnaissance and photographic missions to provide intelligence for ground and air units. Returned to the US in Jul-Aug 1945; trained with F-6 and A-26 aircraft.
 
Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater; Central Europe.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. None.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 3 Nov 2011.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Jul 1946.

Supersedes published information contained in: Maurer Maurer (ed.), Air Force Combat Units of World War II (Washington: USGPO, 1983).

Emblem. None on file. Group may design and request approval of an emblem in accordance with AFI 84-105, Chapter 3.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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