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91st Reconnaissance Wing

Constituted as 91st Photographic Wing (Reconnaissance) on 9 Oct 1943 and activated on 20 Oct. Redesignated 91st Reconnaissance Wing in Jun 1945. Moved to the Southwest Pacific, Feb-Mar 1944, and served with Fifth AF until the end of the war. Inactivated in Japan on 27 Jan 1946.

Allotted to the reserve. Activated in the US on 20 Dec 1946. Redesignated 91st Air Division (Reconnaissance) in Apr 1948. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.

Groups. 6th: 1944-1945. 66th: 1946-1949. 71st: 1944-1945. 74th: 1946-1949.

Stations. Will Rogers Field, Okla, 20 Oct 1943; Birmingham AAB, Ala, 9 Nov 1943-20 Feb 1944; Nadzab, New Guinea, 30 Mar 1944; Biak, 10 Aug 1944; Leyte, 12 Nov 1944; Mindoro, 28 Jan 1945; Clark Field, Luzon, 24 Mar 1945; Okinawa, 30 Jul 1945; Japan, Oct 1945-27 Jan 1946. Newark AAB, NJ, 20 Dec 1946-27 Jun 1949.

Commanders. Lt Col James E Ilgenfritz, 13 Nov 1943; Col Elvin F Maughan, 18 Dec 1943; Col David W Hutchison, 12 Apr 1944; Col Ralph O Brownfield, 22 Apr 1944; Col John T Murtha, 23 Aug 1944; Col William C Sams, 16 Oct 1944-unkn.

Campaigns. Air Offensive, Japan; China Defensive; New Guinea; Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Ryukyus; China Offensive.

Decorations. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986


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