4th Reconnaissance Group


4th Reconnaissance Group
Emblem of the 4th Reconnaissance Group
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Army Air Forces

The 4th Reconnaissance Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to Thirteenth Air Force and was stationed at Clark Field, Philippines. It was inactivated on 15 January 1946.

The unit operated P-38/F-4 Lightning photo-reconnaissance aircraft in the Pacific Theater of World War II over a wide area. The group, based successively on New Caledonia, Espiritu Santo, Guadalcanal, and Morotai, flew reconnaissance missions over enemy territory to supply air force units with target and damage- assessment photographs and to provide army and navy units with intelligence on Japanese troop concentrations, installations, shore defenses, supply routes, and shipping. It also produced maps of Allied and enemy-held territory and prepared navigation charts for US units.

During the last three months of the war the group photographed Japanese positions and installations on Mindanao and Borneo to aid US and Australian operations.



  • Constituted as 4th Photographic Group on 14 July 1942
Activated on 23 July 1942
Redesignated 4th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group on 15 May 1943
Redesignated 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in November 1943
Redesignated 4th Reconnaissance Group on 4 May 1945
Inactivated on 15 January 1946
Disbanded on 6 March 1947
  • Reconstituted on 31 July 1985 and redesignated 534th Combat Crew Training Group[1] (not active)







  1. ^ Department of the Air Force/MPM Letter 648q, 31 July 1985, Subject: Reconstitution, Redesignation, and Consolidation of Selected Air Force Organizations


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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.

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