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III Reconnaissance Command

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III Reconnaissance Command
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A Lockheed F-5 Lightning as used by photographic reconnaissance units training under III Reconnaissance Commband
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Rolereconnaissance training
III Reconnaissance Command Distinctive Unit Insigne (approved 23 July 1942)[1]
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The III Reconnaissance Command was a United States Army Air Forces unit. Its last assignment was with Third Air Force stationed at Rapid City Army Air Base, South Dakota. It was inactivated on 8 April 1946.


Flew antisubmarine patrols off the east coast, 7 December 1941 – 15 October 1942. Trained light bombardment crews, participated in air-ground maneuvers, and demonstrated air support techniques, September 1941-May 1944. Trained reconnaissance personnel and organizations, May 1944 – 1946.[1]


  • Constituted as the I Air Support Command on 21 August 1941
Activated on 4 September 1941
Redesignated I Ground Air Support Command in April 1942
Redesignated I Air Support Command in September 1942
Redesignated I Tactical Air Division in August 1943
Redesignated III Tactical Air Division in April 1944
Redesignated III Reconnaissance Command in June 1945
Inactivated on 9 April 1946
Disbanded on 8 October 1948[1]






  1. ^ a b c d e Maurer, Combat Units, pp. 440-441
  2. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 188
  3. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 351


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
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