25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance)
Constituted as 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) on 17 Jul 1944. Activated in England on 9 Aug 1944. Inactivated on 8 Sep 1945. Consolidated 19 Apr 65 with 25th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (later 25th Bombardment Group (Medium)) and redesignated 25th Tactical Reconnaissance Gp, activated 1 Jul 65, inactivated 1 Oct 65, consolidated 31 Jan 84 with 25th Tactical Reconnaissance Wg.
Served with Eighth AF until V-E Day. VIII Bomber Cd (possibly to VIII Composite Cd) - Oct 44, 325 Photographic Wg -Jul 45, Third AF -1945. Seventeenth AF 1965-1965
652d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, Weather Reconnaissance: 1944-1945. 653d Bombardment Squadron, Light, Weather Reconnaissance: 1944-1945. 654th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy (Reconnaissance, Special): 1944-1945.
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-unkn.
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.
Service Streamers. None.
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe..
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.
Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 8 Sep 1945.
AWRA Organizational History
February 8, 2007