423rd Reconnaissance Group

History - Books - Aircraft - Time Line - Commanders - Main Bases - Component Units - Assigned To


The 423rd Reconnaissance Group (USAAF) was a short lived home-based training unit that was disbanded within five months of being activated.

The group was activated on 1 April 1943 as the 423rd Observation Group and assigned to the Third Air Force. Its original role was as a replacement training unit, training aircrews to fill gaps in existing units.

In June 1943 the group was given a new task, to train pilot instructors for III Fighter Command. This was a short-lived assignment and the group was disbanded on 15 August 1943. Of its four squadrons, the 29th and 33rd were disbanded on the same day, while the 32nd and 34th came under the direct control of III Fighter Command but were disbanded on 1 September




None allocated


30 March 1943 Constituted as 423rd Reconnaissance Group
1 April 1943 Activated, assigned to Third AF
20 April 1943 Redesignated 423rd Reconnaissance Group
15 August 1943 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)


Main Bases

DeRidder AAB, La: 1 April-15 August 1943

Component Units

29th Reconnaissance Squadron: 1943
32nd Reconnaissance Squadron: 1943
33rd Reconnaissance Squadron: 1943
34th Reconnaissance Squadron: 1943

Assigned To

1943: Third Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (25 March 2015), 423rd Reconnaissance Group , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/423rd_Reconnaissance_Group.html

Help - F.A.Q. - Contact Us - Search - Recent - About Us -  Subscribe in a reader - Join our Google Group - Cookies