1st Photo Recon Squadron
1945 Camera Clix

1st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Heavy)
1st Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range, Photographic-RCM)
1st Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range, Photographic)

1st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Flight "C") On 19 July 1945 Flight "C" departed from Depot Field Guam arriving at Okinawa with 19 officers and 84 enlisted men.

All flights from 1st PRS were on detached service from the 311th Wing and were assigned to the 8th Army Air Force, 316th Wing. Flight C was assigned in July and the rest of the Squadron in September when they arrived at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, 9 Sep 1945.

The 1st Photo Recon was equipped with very long range B-29 Superfortresses converted to F-13A reconnaissance configuration. Deployed to the Central Pacific Area (CPA) and assigned to Eighth Air Force in the Pacific Theater after the Japanese Capitulation. Remained in the Western Pacific performing reconnaissance mapping flights over Japan, Korea and China. B-29s returned to the United States in early 1946 for storage or reassignment; unit largely demobilized on Okinawa, flying some light liaison and courier aircraft. Inactivated in early 1947.

Redesignated: 1st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Heavy) on 10 November 1944
Redesignated: 1st Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range, Photographic-RCM) on 4 October 1945
Redesignated: 1st Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range, Photographic) on 13 November 1945

Attached to: Eighth Air Force, c. 9 September 1945
311th Reconnaissance Wing, 4 October 1945
Attached to: Eighth Air Force, 4 October 1945
Attached to: VIII Bomber Command (Very Heavy), 10 December 1945
Attached to: Eighth Air Force, March 1946

Kadena Airfield, Okinawa, 9 September 1945

The unit produced a series of souvenir 8x10 photos called Camera Clix for the men in the unit, this page shows the full photo and close-ups of each individual photo. Note that the unit had it own radio station KRW.



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