373rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group


373d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group
373d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group (emblem).jpg
373d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group emblem
Active1943–1945; 2000 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part ofTwenty-Fifth Air Force
Garrison/HQJoint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award

The United States Air Force's 373d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group is a Twenty-Fifth Air Force unit located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.[1]


The 373 ISRG is the Department of Defense host service organization and primary force provider for the National Security Agency's Alaska Mission Operations Center, providing warfighters and strategic/national level policy makers with actionable, time-critical intelligence.[2]


The group was first organized in 1943. It transferred, without personnel and equipment, to England on 7 July 1943 and assigned to Eighth AF. The group used Supermarine Spitfires and Stinson L-5s to obtain information about bombardment targets and damage inflicted by bombardment operations; provide mapping service for air and ground units; observe and report on enemy transportation, installations, and positions; and obtain data on weather conditions.

Prior to June 1944, the group photographed airfields, cities, industrial establishments, and ports in France, the Low Countries, and Germany. Received a Distinguished Unit Citation for operations during the period 31 May – 30 June 1944, when its coverage of bridges, marshalling yards, canals, highways, rivers, and other targets contributed much to the success of the Normandy campaign.

The unit covered missile sites in France during July, and in August carried out photographic mapping missions for ground forces advancing across France. It provided reconnaissance support for the airborne attack on the Netherlands in September and for the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944– January 1945. Used North American P-51 Mustangs to escort its own reconnaissance planes during the last months of the war as the group supported the Allied drive across the Rhine and into Germany. Took part in the final bomb damage assessment following V–E Day


  • Constituted as 7th Photographic Group on 5 February 1943
Activated on 1 May 1943
Redesignated 7th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943
Redesignated 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in November 1943
Redesignated 7th Reconnaissance Group in June 1945
Inactivated in England on 21 November 1945
Disbanded on 6 March 1947
  • Reconstituted 31 July 1985 and redesignated 373d Electronic Warfare Group[3]
Redesignated 373d Intelligence Group
Activated on 16 September 2000
Redesignated 373d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group on 1 January 2009[4]






See also



  1. ^ "About Us: Fact Sheet 70th ISR Wing". 70th Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  2. ^ AF ISR Agency Freedom of Information Act request 2010-00131F, 16 October 2009; https://www.jber.jb.mil/News/Commentaries/Display/Article/2069796/intel-airman-reflects-on-his-time-at-jber/.
  3. ^ Department of the Air Force/MPM Letter 648q, 31 July 1985, Subject: Reconstitution, Redesignation, and Consolidation of Selected Air Force Organizations
  4. ^ Rogers,[page needed]
  5. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons pp. 73-74
  6. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 79-80
  7. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 116-117
  8. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 117-119
  9. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 139-140
  10. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 143-144
  11. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 146-147
  12. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 150-151
  13. ^ a b White, SSG Dillon (19 June 2015). "Intelligence Support Squadron furls flag". 70th Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  14. ^ AF FOIA Request 2009-01965, 13 July 2009


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Freeman, Roger A.; Keen. Patricia (1996). Eyes of the Eighth: a story of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 1942–1945. Sun City, Ariz: CAVU Publishers. ISBN 0-9649119-0-6.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rogers, Brian. (2005). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. Hinkley, UK: Midland Publications. ISBN 1-85780-197-0.

External links

  • Twenty-Fifth Air Force
  • Misawa Air Base, Japan
  • Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska