9th Reconnaissance Group

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The 9th Reconnaissance Group was a home-based training unit that operated in the United States from October 1943 until May 1944.

The group was activated on 1 October 1943 as part of the Third Air Force. It operated a wide range of possible reconnaissance aircraft, which it used to trains crews and squadrons in photographic reconnaissance and in photographic mapping (an essential skill in some of the poorly mapped areas of the Pacific theatre). During the group's short period of existence a number of squadrons were attached to the group, but none were permanently assigned to it. The group was disbanded on 6 May 1944.




Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Lockheed F-5 Lightning
North American F-6 Mustang
Consolidated F-7 (Liberator)
Douglas A-20 Havoc


15 Sept 1943 Constituted as 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
1 Oct 1943 Activated and assigned to Third AF
6 May 1944 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Lt Col Paul A Zartman: 11 Nov 1943
Lt Col Hiette S Williams Jr: c. 5 Dec 1943-unkn.

Main Bases

Will Rogers Field, Okla: 1 Oct 1943-6 May 1944.

Component Units

Various squadrons attached to the group, but not assigned to it including
7th Photographic Squadron (c.Nov 1943-Jan 1944)

Assigned To

1943-1944: Third Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 November 2014), 9th Reconnaissance Group , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/9th_Reconnaissance_Group.html

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