90th Reconnaissance Wing






Constituted as 90th Photographic Wing (Reconnaissance) on 11 Oct 1943. Activated in North Africa on 22 Nov 1943. Provided photographic reconnaissance for both Twelfth AF and Fifteenth until the wing's groups were reassigned on 1 Oct 1944. Afterward, aided in establishing a photographic library for use in the European and Mediterranean theaters. Returned to the US in Apr 1945. Redesignated 90th Reconnaissance Wing in Jun. Inactivated on 23 Oct 1945.

Allotted to the reserve. Activated on 20 Dec 1946. Redesignated 90th Air Division (Reconnaissance) in Apr 1948. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.

Groups. 3d: 1943-1944. 5th: 1943-1944. 26th: 1947-1949. 65th: 1946-1949.

Stations. La Marsa, Tunisia, 22 ov 1943; San Severo, Italy, 14 Dec 1943-c. 4 Apr 1945; Buckley Field, Colo, Apr-23 Oct 1945. Niagara Falls Mun Aprt, NY, 20 Dec 1946-27 Jun 1949.

Commanders. Col Elliott Roosevelt, 22 Nov 1943; Col Karl L Polifka, 25 Jan 1944; Col George G Northrup, 30 Jan 1945; Lt Col James D Berry, 26 Jul 1945; Col Karl L Polifka, 8 Sep 1945; Maj Clair E Cheney, Oct-23 Oct 1945.

Campaigns. Air Combat, EAME Theater; Air Offensive, Europe; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines.

Decorations. None.

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986




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