20th Combat Mapping Squadron

20th Combat Mapping Squadron Flying Dumbos insignia The 20th Combat Mapping Squadron's Flying Dumbos insignia dates to late 1942 when, as the 20th Photographic Mapping Squadron, it was being equipped with B-25's.


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These pages are a tribute to the men of the 20th Combat Mapping Squadron--to the hundreds of ground support personnel and to the air crews who flew the missions.

Squadron Mission

  • Long range aerial mapping and reconnaissance using F-7A and F-7B aircraft (B-24's converted for aerial photography)
  • Radar intelligence gathering with B-24J ferrets

Lineage

  • 20th Photographic Mapping Squadron
    - Activated 23 August 1942, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 20th Photographic Squadron (Heavy)
    - Redesignated 6 February 1943, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 20th Combat Mapping Squadron
    - Redesignated 11 August 1943, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 20th Reconnaissance Squadron, Long Range, Photographic-RCM
    - Redesignated 15 June 1945, Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands

Overseas Designation, from April 1944 to 15 June 1945

  • Far East Air Forces
  • Fifth Air Force
  • 91st Photographic Wing, Reconnaissance
  • 6th Photographic Group, Reconnaissance
  • 20th Combat Mapping Squadron

Oveseas Designation, from 15 June 1945

  • Far East Air Forces
  • Fifth Air Force
  • 91st Reconnaissance Wing
  • 6th Reconnaissance Group
  • 20th Reconnaissance Squadron, Long Range, Photographic-RCM

Overseas Stations

  • Sydney, Australia (ground echelon only)
    - from October 1943
  • Brisbane, Australia (ground echelon only)
    - from November 1943
  • Port Moresby, New Guinea (ground echelon only)
    - from December 1943
  • Nadzab, New Guinea
    - from February 1944 (ground echelon) and from March 1944 ( air echelon)
  • Biak Island
    - from September 1944
  • Dulag, Leyte
    - from November 1944 (ground echelon)
  • Tacloban, Leyte
    - from January 1945 (based at Dulag, but air operations from Tacloban)
  • San Jose, Mindoro
    - from February 1945 (air echelon only
  • Clark Field, Luzon
    - from May 1945
  • Okinawa
    - from August 1945

Campaigns

  • Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Air Offensive, Japan
  • Bismark Archipelago
  • China Defensive
  • China Offensive
  • Leyte
  • Luzon
  • New Guinea
  • Ryukyus
  • Southern Philippines
  • Western Pacific

Service Streamers

  • American Theater

Decorations

  • Distinguished Unit Citation: Philippine Islands, 18-25 September 1944
  • Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

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