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.
1942-1943. 15th: 1942-1944. 23d: 1944-1945.
Stations. Colorado Springs, Colo, 20 Jun-13 Aug 1942;
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
Commanders. Capt George H McBride, 20 Jun 1942; Maj Harry T
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;
Anzio; Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe;
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: MTO, 28 Aug 1944.
Insigne. Shield: Per chevron or and azure, in center chief
stylized camera, lens to base sable. Motto: Archez Bien - Shoot Well.
(Approved 29 Oct 1942.)
Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986