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325 AIR DIVISION, RECONNAISSANCE

Posted 10/5/2007 Printable Fact Sheet

Lineage

Established as 325 Photographic Wing, Reconnaissance on 17 Jul 1944. Activated on 9 Aug 1944. Redesignated 325 Reconnaissance Wing on 26 Jun 1945. Inactivated on 20 Oct 1945. Activated in the Reserve on 9 Apr 1947. Redesignated 325 Air Division, Reconnaissance on 16 Apr 1948. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949..

Assignments

Eighth Air Force, 9 Aug 1944; VIII Fighter Command, 16 Jul-20 Oct 1945. Fourth Air Force, 9 Apr 1947-27 Jun 1949.

Components

Groups. 7 Reconnaissance: 9 Aug 1944-18 Oct 1945. 25 Bombardment: 6 Oct 1944-c. 23 Jul 1945. 68 Reconnaissance: 9 Apr 1947-27 Jun 1949. 70 Reconnaissance: 26 Apr 1947-27 Jun 1949. 72 Reconnaissance: 12 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949.

Squadrons. 652 Bombardment: 6 Jan-12 Oct 1945. 653 Bombardment: 5 Sep-11 Oct 1945.

Stations

High Wycombe, England, 9 Aug 1944-20 Oct 1945. Hamilton Field (later, AFB), CA, 9 Apr 1947-27 Jun 1949.

Commanders

Col Elliott Roosevelt, 9 Aug 1944; Brig Gen Charles Y. Banfill, 17 Jan 1945; Brig Gen Elliott Roosevelt, 22 Jan 1945, Col Leon W. Gray, 13 Apr 1945; Col George W. Humbrecht, 19 Jun-c. 20 Oct 1945. Unkn, 9 Apr 1947-27 Jun 1949.

Aircraft

B-17, 1944-1945; B-24, 1944-1945; B-25, 1944-1945; B-26, 1944-1945; F-5, 1944-1945; L-5, 1944-1945; P-38, 1944-1945; P-51, 1944-1945; Spitfire, 1944-1945; Mosquito XVI, 1945. A-6, 1947-1949; A-7, 1947-1949; A-11, 1947-1949

Operations

From Aug 1944-Oct 1945, subordinate units of the 325th, using various aircraft, flew reconnaissance over the waters adjacent to the British Islands and the European continent to obtain meteorological data. Wing aircraft collected weather information needed in planning operations; flew night photographic missions to detect enemy activity; and provided daylight photographic and mapping missions. The wing also flew photographic missions over the Netherlands in support of Operation Market Garden in Sep 1944 and operated closely with tactical units in the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944-Feb 1945). Active in the Reserve, 9 Apr 1947-27 Jun 1949 and redesignated as a division, the organization participated in routine reserve training.

Service Streamers. World War II European-African-Middle Eastern Theater .

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. None.

Emblem

None.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 27 Jun 1949.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 27 Jun 1949.







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