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10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group


US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

21st Aug 1941 - CONSTITUTED as 73rd Observation Group.
1st September 1941 - ACTIVATED.
April 1943 - REDESIGNATED as 73rd Reconnaissance Group.
Aug 1943 - REDESIGNATED as 73rd Tactical Reconnaissance Group.
Dec 1943 - REDESIGNATED as 10th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance)


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Station Location Date
Based Chalgrove February 1944 – 11 August 1944
Based Rennes 11 August 1944 – 30 August 1944
Based Chateaudun 30 August 1944 – 30 September 1944
Based Saint-Dizier 30 September 1944 – 1 November 1944
Based Conflans 1 November 1944 – March 1945
Based Trier March 1945 – 5 April 1945
Based Ober Olm 5 April 1945 – 28 April 1945
Based Furth 28 April 1945 – 8 May 1945



  • Russell Berg

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Russell Berg served as a Spitfire pilot with No. 610 Squadron before joining the 10th Photo Recon Group. He became the group's Commanding Officer on 20 June 1944, at age 27 ...

  • Stanley Canner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • Arthur Chinn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Reconnaissance Pilot | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    From Salt Lake City, Utah. KIA 27 Aug 1944 near Brest, France while on an artillery spotting mission

  • Harry Cohen

    Military | Lieutenant | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Missing in action on combat mission, his aircraft was 43-9449

  • James Frakes

    Military | Major | Photo Reconnaissance Pilot | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • John Hoefker

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Captain John H Hoefker, piloted North American P-51C Mustang 42-103368 to shoot down three enemy aircraft in June 1944. He became the 10th Photo Recon Group's most successful combatant with credits of 8½ air victories.

  • Ralph Knoebel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Ralph served as a pilot in the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron of the 10th Photo Recon Group out of Middle Wallop, England. On 22 June 1944, he was shot down flying F-6 42-103378 fifteen miles west of St Quentin, France and was Killed in Action....

  • Leland Larson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Flight leader 15th TRS Dec. 1944 - July 1945 6 air kills while flying 77 combat missions Scored last AAF kill in the ETO on May 8, 1945.

  • Lloyd Legerand

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • Nathan Lepselter

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

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Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 11:53:41 general ira snapsorter Changes to stations

Stations added with details from:
- "Battle Colors Volume III - Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War Two' by Robert A. Watkins;

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2016 00:59:00 Spooner Changes to aircraft types

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Date Contributor Update
28 September 2016 14:39:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to type, motto, insignia, us air force combat units of world war ii description, aircraft types and stations

Consolidation of duplicate units and connections to reflect the 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group's structure according to "Air Force Combat Units of World War 2", Ed. Maurer Maurer, Office of Air Force History. Washingto D.C. 1983. (p.50)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:44 AAM AAM ingest

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)