3rd Photo Reconnaissance Group

HISTORY:

Constituted as 3rd Photographic Group on 9 Jun 1942 and activated on 20 Jun. Redesignated 3rd Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943, 3rd Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in Nov 1943, and 3rd Reconnaissance Group in May 1945. Moved, via England, to the Mediterranean theater, Nov-Dec 1942, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Used F-4 and F-5 aircraft. Provided photographic intelligence that assisted the campaigns for Tunisia, Pantelleria, Sardinia, and Sicily. Reconnoitered airdromes, roads, marshalling yards, and harbors both before and after the Allied landings at Salerno. Covered the Anzio area early in 1944 and continued to support Fifth Army in its drive through Italy by determining troop movements, gun positions, and terrain. Flew reconnaissance missions in connection with the invasion of Southern France in Aug 1944. Received a DUC for a mission on 28 Aug 1944 when the group provided photographic intelligence that assisted the rapid advance of Allied ground forces. Also mapped areas in France and the Balkans. Inactivated in Italy on 12 Sep 1945. Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.

Squadrons:

5th: 1942-1945.
12th: 1942-1945.
13th: 1942-1943.
14th: 1942-1943.
15th: 1942-1944.
23d: 1944-1945.

Stations:

Colorado Springs, Colo, 20 Jun-13 Aug 1942
Membury, England, 8 Sep 1942
Steeple Morden, England, 26 Oct-22 Nov 1942
La Senia, Algeria, 10 Dec 1942
Algiers, Algeria, 25 Dec 1942
La Marsa, Tunisia, 13 Jun 1943
San Severo, Italy, 8 Dec 1943
Pomigliano, Italy, 4 Jan 1944
Nettuno, Italy, 16 Jun 1944
Viterbo, Italy, 26 Jun 1944
Corsica, c. 14 Jul 1944
Rosia, Italy, c. Sep 1944
Florence, Italy, 17 Jan 1945
Pomigliano, Italy, 26 Aug-12 Sep 1945.

Commanders:

Capt George H McBride, 20 Jun 1942
Maj Harry T Eidson, 25 Jun 1942
Maj Elliott Roosevelt, 11 Jul 1942
Lt Col Furman H Limeburner, 13 Aug 1942
Col Elliott Roosevelt, 30 Sep 1942
Lt Col Frank L Dunn, c. Mar 1943
Lt Col James F Setchell, c. 4 Nov 1943
Maj Hal C Tunnell, 19 Jan 1944
Maj Thomas W Barfoot Jr, c. 29 May 1944
Col Duane L Kime, 17 Sep 1944
Lt Col Oscar M Blomquist, 29 May 1945
Lt Col James E Hill, 2 Aug-c. Sep 1945.

Campaigns:

Air Combat, EAME Theater; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley.

Decorations:

Distinguished Unit Citation: MTO, 28 Aug 1944.

Insigne:

Shield: Per chevron or and azure, in center chief point a stylized camera, lens to base sable. Motto: Archez Bien - Shoot Well. (Approved 29 Oct 1942.)