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76th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

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Active  1942–1944
Role  Reconnaissance
Country  United States
Part of  Third Air Force
76th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
Branch  United States Army Air Forces
Motto(s)  Our Observation, Your Security

The 76th Tactical Reconnaissance Group is a disbanded United States Army Air Forces organization. It was last active in 1944 as part of the Desert Training Center at Thermal Army Air Field, California.



The group was constituted and activated in early 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida as the 76th Observation Group shortly after the United States entered World War II. Its original squadron was the 24th Observation Squadron, which was joined a few days later by the 23d Observation Squadron when the group moved to Key Field, Mississippi.

The group trained in aerial reconnaissance and air support techniques until March 1943 under Third Air Force. It participated in maneuvers with Second Army until September 1943 when it moved to Thermal AAF and began participating in desert training in California and Arizona. In anticipation of this move, its existing squadrons were reassigned and replaced by new units. It was disbanded on 15 April 1944.


  • Constituted on 5 February 1942 as the 76th Observation Group
  • Activated on 27 February 1942 Redesignated as the 76th Reconnaissance Group on 2 April 1943 Redesignated as the 76th Tactical Reconnaissance Group on 11 August 1943
  • Disbanded on 15 April 1944
  • Assignments

  • Third Air Force, 27 February 1942
  • 3d Ground Air Support Command (later III Air Support Command, III Reconnaissance Command), 27 February 1942
  • Desert Training Center, ca. 20 September 1943
  • III Tactical Air Division, ca. 15 December 1943 - 15 April 1944
  • Stations Assigned

  • MacDill Field, Florida, 27 February 1942
  • Key Field, Mississippi, c. 3 March 1942
  • Pope Field, North Carolina, 28 March 1942
  • Vichy Army Air Field, Missouri, 10 December 1942
  • Morris Field, North Carolina, 10 May 1943
  • Thermal Army Air Field, California ca. 20 September 1943 – 15 April 1944
  • Awards

  • American Theater of World War II
  • References

    76th Tactical Reconnaissance Group Wikipedia

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