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343rd Reconnaissance Squadron

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The 343d Reconnaissance Squadron is part of the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

343d Reconnaissance Squadron
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Squadron RC-135 Rivet Joint on deployment
Active1943–1946; 1947–1949; 1950-present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleReconnaissance and Surveillance
Part ofAir Combat Command
Garrison/HQOffutt Air Force Base
DecorationsDistinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
343d Reconnaissance Squadron emblem (Approved 25 July 1952)[1][note 1]343d Reconnaissance Squadron.jpg
343d Fighter Squadron World War II emblem[2]343d Fighter Squadron - Emblem - World War II.png
World War II fuselage code[2]CY



World War IIEdit

The 343d flew combat missions in the European Theater of Operations from 15 October 1943 to 21 April 1945.

Cold WarEdit

It conducted aerial photography from 1947–1949 and global strategic reconnaissance from 1950 to 1979.

Since 1979 the squadron has provided worldwide strategic reconnaissance support, including operations in Grenada in 1983, Libya in 1986, and Southwest Asia from 1990-1991.[1] On 29 July 1953 a squadron RB-50 temporarily attached to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron was shot down by Soviet fighters about ninety miles south of Vladivostok. The Soviet Union did not deny the plane's location was over international waters, but claimed that the bomber had twice flown over Soviet territory and fired on their MiGs, who then returned fire defensively.[3]


  • Constituted as the 343d Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine) on 21 January 1943
Activated on 1 February 1943
Redesignated 343d Fighter Squadron, Twin Engine on 20 August 1943
Redesignated 343d Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 5 September 1944
Inactivated on 20 August 1946
  • Redesignated 343d Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Long Range, Mapping on 5 February 1947
Activated on 24 Feb 1947
Redesignated 343d Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Mapping on 29 June 1948
Inactivated on 14 October 1949
  • Redesignated 343d Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, Electronics on 27 October 1950
Activated on 1 November 1950
Redesignated 343d Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium on 15 July 1954
Redesignated 343d Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron on 16 August 1966
Redesignated 343d Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 September 1991[1]


  • 55th Fighter Group, 1 February 1943 – 20 August 1946
  • 55th Reconnaissance Group (later 55 Strategic Reconnaissance Group), 24 February 1947 – 14 October 1949
Attached to 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 19 July - 26 October 1948
  • 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Group, 1 November 1950
Attached to 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing until 3 January 1951
Attached to 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing after 4 January 1951
  • 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 16 June 1952
  • 55th Operations Group, 1 September 1991 – present[1]


Deployed at Ben Guerir Air Base, French Morocco, 30 May 1955 – 8 August 1955





Explanatory notes
  1. ^ The emblem as originally approved, was the crow and lightning bolt only. Maurer, combat Squadrons, p. 426. The disc and tab were added later.
  1. ^ a b c d e f Robertson, Patsy (6 February 2015). "Factsheet 343 Reconnaissance Squadron (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b Watkins, pp. 38-39
  3. ^ Farquhar, pp. 46-47
  4. ^ a b Station number in Anderson


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website