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7th Reconnaissance Group

373d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group
373d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group emblem
Active 1943–1945; 2000 – present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Intelligence
Part of AF ISR Agency/70th ISR Wing
Garrison/HQ Misawa AB, Japan
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

The United States Air Force's 373d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group (ISRG) is an Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency unit located at Misawa AB, Japan.


The 373 ISRG is the Department of Defense host service organization and primary force provider for the Misawa Security Operations Center (MSOC), providing warfighters and strategic/national level policy makers with actionable, time-critical intelligence.[1]


The group was first organized in 1943. It transferred, without personnel and equipment, to England on 7 July 1943 and assigned to Eighth AF. The group used Supermarine Spitfires and Stinson L-5s to obtain information about bombardment targets and damage inflicted by bombardment operations; provide mapping service for air and ground units; observe and report on enemy transportation, installations, and positions; and obtain data on weather conditions.

Prior to June 1944, the group photographed airfields, cities, industrial establishments, and ports in France, the Low Countries, and Germany. Received a Distinguished Unit Citation for operations during the period 31 May – 30 June 1944, when its coverage of bridges, marshalling yards, canals, highways, rivers, and other targets contributed much to the success of the Normandy campaign.

The unit covered missile sites in France during July, and in August carried out photographic mapping missions for ground forces advancing across France. It provided reconnaissance support for the airborne attack on Holland in September and for the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944– January 1945. Used North American P-51 Mustangs to escort its own reconnaissance planes during the last months of the war as the group supported the Allied drive across the Rhine and into Germany. Took part in the final bomb damage assessment following V–E Day


  • Constituted as 7th Photographic Group on 5 February 1943
Activated on 1 May 1943
Redesignated 7th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943
Redesignated 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in November 1943
Redesignated 7th Reconnaissance Group in June 1945
Inactivated in England on 21 November 1945
Disbanded on 6 March 1947
  • Reconstituted 31 July 1985 and redesignated 373d Electronic Warfare Group[2]
Redesignated 373d Intelligence Group
Activated on 16 September 2000
Redesignated 373d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group on 1 January 2009[3]





  • Piper L-4 Grasshopper
  • Stinson L-5 Sentinel
  • Lockheed P-38 Lightning
  • Supermarine Spitfire PR XI
  • North American P-51 Mustang


  • European Theater of World War II
  • Campaigns




External links

  • Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency
  • Misawa Air Base, Japan
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