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5th Photo Reconnaissance Group


US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Formed as the 5th Photographic Group in Jul 1942. Re-designated as the 5th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943, then the 5th Photographic Reconnaissance Group in Aug 1943. Transferred to the Mediterranean theatre in Jul-Sep 1943. Assigned first to 12th Air force and then later (late 1944) to 15th Air force. Flew missions over Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Balkans, using F-5 aircraft. Also flew some photographic missions at night with B-17's and B-25's. Photographed areas near Anzio prior to the Allied landings. Provided reconnaissance services for 15th Air force's campaign against the enemy's oil industry, aircraft production, and communications. Also assisted the advance of ground forces in northern Italy by supplying intelligence on enemy installations in the area. Re-named the 5th Reconnaissance Group in May 1945. Returned to the US in Oct of that year. Disbanded on 6 Mar 1947.


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  • Stanley Abromski

    Military | Corporal | 5th Photo Reconnaissance Group
    Corporal Stanley J Abromski was on route to Italy aboard the SS Paul Hamilton as part of convoy UGS38. ...


Distinguished Unit Citation: MTO, 6 Sep 1944.


Date Contributor Update
25 September 2019 12:38:42 Dengel Changes to description

Added 4th Photo Technical Squadron based on the 15th Air Force web site.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 01:08:13 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, citations, description, air forces, aircraft types, unit part of associations, unit encompassing associations and stations