26th Reconnaissance Group

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The 26th Reconnaissance Group was a home-based unit that took part in military exercises and helped train ground forces.

The group was activated in the United States on 1 September 1941, and almost immediately took part in the 1941 Carolina Manoeuvres, a large scale training exercise.

In December 1941 the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the US into the war, and the group was used to fly anti-submarine patrols off the US East Coast.

In the autumn of 1942 the group took part in the Tennessee Manoeuvres. It spent the rest of its existence either taking part in exercises or helping train ground units, before being disbanded on 11 November 1943.




Douglas O-46
North American O-47
Curtiss O-52 Owl
Piper L-4 Grasshopper
Douglas A-20 Boston/ Havoc
North American B-25 Mitchell
Bell P-39 Airacobra


21 August 1941 Constituted as 26th Observation Group
1 September 1941 Activated with First AF
April 1943 Redesignated 26th Reconnaissance Group
August 1943 Redesignated 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
11 November 1943 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Col. Louis E Boutwell: c. 1 Sep 1941
Lt Col Paul D Myers: Aug 1942
Lt Col James R Gunn Jr: Jun 1943- unkn.

Main Bases

Ft Devens, Mass: 1 Sep 1941
Providence, RI: c. 12 Sep 1941
Quonset Point, RI: Jun 1942
Hyannis, Mass: Jul 1942
Harrisburg Mun Aprt, Pa: Sep 1942
Reading AAFld, Pa, Jun-11 Nov 1943

Component Units

14th: 1942-43
72nd: 1943
91st: 1943
101st: 1941-43
103rd: 1941-43
152nd: 1941-43

Assigned To

1941-1942: First Air Force
1942-1943: Third Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (5 January 2015), 26th Reconnaissance Group, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/26th_Reconnaissance_Group.html

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