UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES
 


 
FLAGS, COLORS & GUIDONS
10th PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP (RECONNAISSANCE)  •  NINTH AIR FORCE
  WORLD WAR II
 

In June 1944 the Ninth Air Force's 10th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), was headquartered at Chalgrove, Oxfordshire. It was directly assigned to Headquarters, Ninth Air Force and attached for administrative purposes to IX Tactical Air Command. The group embodied a headquarters squadron, five photo recon squadrons and various attached service units under Team A, 30th Service Group. The squadrons were variously equipped with the photo recon versions of the P-38 Lightning (F-4 and F-5) the P-51 Mustang (F-6) and the A-20 Havoc (F-3). The 155th Photo Recon Squadron, a specialized night photo recon unit, was the former 423rd Night Fighter Squadron. Its redesignation became official on 22 June 1944.

The group, composed of three to five squadrons, was the color-bearing echelon of the US Army Air Corps (USAAC). Organizational standards for groups were of the standard Army pattern for mounted and mechanized units, made of silk, 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly, plus 2 1/2-inch fringe. The field of the standard was ultramarine blue and the fringe was golden orange. The standard was always carried or displayed with a National Standard of the same materials and dimensions. Squadrons of groups and separate squadrons had flags and guidons based on the colors ultramarine blue and golden orange, the Air Corps branch colors. Guidons were made of wool bunting, 20 inches at the hoist by 27 3/4 inches on the fly with a 10-inch fork. Guidons of squadrons assigned to groups had the group number above and the squadron number below the branch insignia.

Service units assigned to groups that were not part of the USAAC had flags and guidons of the designs authorized for their parent branches.

Note: The enormous expansion of the USAAC during the war makes it doubtful that all groups received a coat of arms and a unique organizational standard. Shown below are the National and Organizational Standards of the 8th Pursuit Group, a prewar unit. Wartime units that did not receive a coat of arms may have had a standard with the eagle's breast feathered and a badge above its head, as authorized by AR 260-10 for color-bearing units with no coat of arms. Pursuit Groups were retitled Fighter Groups in 1942.

Credits: The drawings on this page are based on the specifications given in Army Regulation 260-10 dated 25 October 1944, a copy of which was kindly provided by FOTW Mailing List member Joseph McMillan. Order of battle information was taken from Dr. Leo Niehorster’s outstanding and essential website, World War II Armed Forces: Orders of Battle and Organizations.
 


 

         

NATIONAL & ORGANIZATIONAL STANDARD FOR USAAC GROUPS (8th PURSUIT GROUP)

 

10th PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP (RECONNAISSANCE)
"ARGUS"
 


TEAM A, 30th SERVICE GROUP
 

HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON, 30th SERVICE GROUP (-)

 

493rd SERVICE SQUADRON

 

324th STATION COMPLEMENT SQUADRON

 

1078th QUARTERMASTER COMPANY (AVIATION) (-)
 

 

DETACHMENT A, 2251st QUARTERMASTER COMPANY
 (TRUCK) (AVIATION)

 

49th ORDNANCE COMPANY
(MUNITIONS SUPPLY & MAINTENANCE) (AVIATION)

 

1464th ORDNANCE COMPANY
(MOBILE RECLAMATION & REPAIR) (AVIATION)

 

DETACHMENT B, 1106th SIGNAL COMPANY (AVIATION)
 

 

DETACHMENT A, 1293rd MILITARY POLICE COMPANY (AVIATION)
 



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