7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Group
Photographic officers of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group look through camera lenses infront of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Esten Illustrated.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 8 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '273528.' [Censor no.]. A printed caption was previously attached to the reverse, however this has been removed.

Object Number - FRE 2170 - Photographic officers of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group look through camera lenses infront of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on...

Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for photo sorties over the Normandy coast between 31 May and 30 June 1944, which were a crucial part of the preparation for the land invasion that began on 6 June 1944.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 22nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 0436518, 046605-8389A
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot; Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 325th Photographic Reconnaissance Wing 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 27th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-732160
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
A pilot of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group in the cockpit of an F-5 Lightning. Image stamped on reverse: 'Esten Illustrated.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 8 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '273522.' [Censor no.]. A printed caption was previously attached to the reverse, however this has been removed. Handwritten caption on reverse: '28/3/43.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 489875
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 22nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-729166
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot - Group Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Service Numbers: O-17852
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer

Connections

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Mount Farm 1943-07-07 - 1945-03-22

Based

Chalgrove 1945-03-22 - 1945-10-25

Based

Hitcham 1945-10-25 - 1945-11-21

Other

Constituted as 7th Photographic Group.

1943-02-05

Other

Activated

1943-05-01

Other

Redesignated as as 7th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group.

Other

Redesignated as 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance)

Other

Redesignated as 7th Reconnaissance Group

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 27th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32039149
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 22nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-782697
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 27th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Aircraft Type: F-5 Lightning
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Aircraft Type: F-5 Lightning
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Aircraft Type: F-5 Lightning
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Aircraft Type: F-5 Lightning
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

Mission

Revisions

Date22 Aug 2019 09:13:12
ContributorEmily
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of WWII

Date21 Sep 2016 12:03:36
Sources

Consolidation of duplicate units and connections to reflect the 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.45)

Date15 Dec 2014 17:51:39
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

Chris Brassfield

Date15 Dec 2014 17:48:18
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

"Eyes of the Eighth" - Patricia Fussell Keen

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:46
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983).

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