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33rd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron


While serving as part of the 9th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations, the 33rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron was at various times part of three groups:

10th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance)
67th Reconnaissance Group
363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Group

Each group was part of a different tactical air command (TAC): IX TAC, XIX TAC, and XXIX TAC. The periodic reorganizations of these groups reflected both the growing responsibility of the 9th Air Force as well as evolving military doctrines of how best to coordinate the resources of unarmed photo reconnaissance squadrons, armed tactical reconnaissance squadrons, and night photo recon squadrons.

Photo recon squadrons like the 33rd PRS flew the F-4/F-5 adaptation of Lockheed's P-38 Lightning fighter.

While serving with these groups, the 33rd PRS officially participated in the following campaigns:

Air Offensive, Europe, July 4, 1942 to June 5, 1944
Normandy, June 6, 1944 to July 24, 1944
Northern France, July 25, 1944 to September 14, 1944
Rhineland, September 15, 1944 to March 21, 1945
Ardennes-Alsace, December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945
Central Europe, March 22, 1945 to May 11, 1945

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Station Location Date
Based Chalgrove 27 April 1944 – August 1944



  • Theron Houser

    Military | Corporal | Aircraft Mechanic
    Theron was retired from WBTV where he worked on Spencer Mountain in Ranlo, NC for 30 years and was a WWII Veteran of the Army Air Corp serving in Europe with the 33rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron as a mechanic on the planes.





Date Contributor Update
28 September 2016 15:40:25 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit encompassing associations and media associations

Consolidation of duplicate units and connections to reflect the Group's structure according to "Air Force Combat Units of World War 2", Ed. Maurer Maurer, Office of Air Force History. Washingto D.C. 1983. (p.50)

Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 12:42:00 Emily Changes to insignia, description, aircraft types and stations

Information from 33rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron Online

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:48 AAM AAM ingest

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database