2nd Reconnaissance Group

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The 2nd Reconnaissance Group (USAAF) was a home-based training unit that operated for two years from May 1942 until May 1944.

The group was formed in May 1942 and was assigned to the Second Air Force. It was used to train crews and entire units in photographic reconnaissance and mapping duties. This filled an important gap in the USAAF training scheme - the older 1st Photographic Group was split into four, with one squadron attached to each of the Continental Air Forces and spent most of its time on mapping duties, so had little time for training.

On occasion the group's own personnel were used to help form a new unit, but the group retained all but one of its squadrons until 1944. The group was disbanded on 1 May 1944.




Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
North American B-25 Mitchell
Piper L-4 Grasshopper (previously O-59)
Stinson L-5 Sentinel (previously O-61)
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Douglas A-20 Boston/ Havoc


1 May 1942 Constituted as 2nd Photographic Group
7 May 1942 Activated
May 1943 Redesignated 2nd Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group
August 1943 Redesignated 2nd Photographic Reconnaissance Group
1 May 1944 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Capt Paul C Schauer: 8 May 1942
Lt Col Charles P Hollstein: c. 13 May 1942
Lt Col David W Hutchinson: c. 5 Jul 1942
Lt Col Charles P Hollstein: c. 13 Aug 1942
Lt Col Hillford R Wallace: c. 11 Sep 1942
Lt Col David W Hutchinson: c. 27 Feb 1943
Lt Col Karl L Polifka: c. 13 Mar 1943
Lt Col Hillford R Wallace: c. 29 Apr 1943
Lt Col Charles P Hollstein: 18 Sep 1943
Lt Col Frank L Dunn: 4 Dec 1943-unkn.

Main Bases

Bradley Field, Conn: 7 May 1942
Colorado Springs, Colo: c. 13 May 1942
Will Rogers Field, Okla: c. 7 1943-1 May 1944

Component Units

6th Reconnaissance Squadron: 1942
7th Reconnaissance Squadron: 1942-1944
10th Reconnaissance Squadron: 1942-1944
11th Reconnaissance Squadron (previously 5th): 1942-1944
29th Reconnaissance Squadron: 1943-1944

Assigned To

1942-1943: Second Air Force
1943-1944: Third Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (23 October 2014), 2nd Reconnaissance Group , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/2nd_Reconnaissance_Group.html

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