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363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Group

Group

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 363rd Fighter Group on 11 Feb 1943. Redesignated 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Sep 1944. Equipped with F-5 and F-6 aircraft. Flew photographic missions to support both air and ground operations; directed fighter-bombers to railway, highway, and waterway traffic, bridges, gun positions, troop concentrations, and other opportune targets; adjusted artillery fire; and took photographs to assess results of Allied bombardment operations. Received two Belgian citations for reconnaissance activities, including the group’s support of the assault on the Siegfried Line and its participation in the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944-Jan 1945). Assisted Ninth Army’s drive across the Rhine and deep into Germany during the period from Feb 1945 to V-E Day. Redesignated 363d Reconnaissance Group in Jun 1945. Returned to the US in Dec. Inactivated on 11 Dec 1945.

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  • 363rd Fighter Group

    363rd Fighter Group

    Group
    Equipped with P-51s, the Group entered combat from England in February 1944, flying bomber escort and ground-strafing missions. They took part in the invasion of Normandy, protecting gliders and troop carriers on 6 and 7 June. In September 1944, now...

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  • James Silva

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    Pilot F-6 Mustang 44-13839, 160th TRS, 363rd TRG, 9th AF, lost on 2 ship visual recon mission to SE France, hit by flak over Pambouef, France, seen to be streaming Glycol, bailed out. 19th Sept 44. MIA/Evaded. MACR 9176.

Aircraft

  • 42-106728 Cotton Tail

    F-6 Mustang
    F6-B piloted by US-Pilot Caspar Haboian (MIA),Personal.No. T-062794.

  • 44-10881

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-13810

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-13839

    F-6 Mustang
    F-6 Mustang 44-13839, 160th TRS, 363rd TRG, 9th AF, lost on 2 ship visual recon mission to SE France, hit by flak over Pambouef, France, seen to be streaming Glycol, bailed out Pilot 2nd Lt James L Silva MIA/Evaded. MACR 9176.

  • 44-13931

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-14059

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-14340

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-14408

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-23696

    P-38 Lightning

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2019 08:36:04 Emily Changes to unit previously was association
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of WWII

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2019 10:18:46 Emily Changes to type, name, us air force combat units of world war ii description and aircraft types
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of WWII

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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