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25th Bombardment Group (Recon)

Aircraft:B-17; B-24; B-26; Mosquito XVI
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Wing:1st Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:1st Bombardment Division
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Details:Used various aircraft, including B-17's, B-24's, B-25's, B-26's, P-38's, and L-5's. Operations included reconnaissance over the waters adjacent to the British Isles and occasionally to the Azores to obtain meteorological data; flights over the Continent for weather information needed in planning operations; night photographic missions to detect enemy activity; and daylight photographic and mapping missions over the Continent.

Occasionally engaged in scout missions to target areas for last-minute weather information that was furnished to approaching bomber formations, on-the-scene visual evaluation of bombardment strikes, and electronic-countermeasure missions in which chaff was spread to confuse enemy defenses during Allied attacks. Moved to the US, Jul-Aug 1945. Inactivated on 8 Sep 1945.

  • Lt Col Joseph A Stenglein, 9 Aug 1944
  • Col Leon W Gray, 23 Sep 1944
  • Lt Col John R Hoover, 14 Apr 1945
  • Maj Ernest H Patterson, 19 Jun 1945

Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Maurer, Maurer: USAF, 1986

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