91 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
History Notes

Chapter 3, Page 2 of 7 Pages

World War II: Uncharted Territory

The recon version of the B-25, Mitchell Bomber, was identified as the F-10, expanding the range and capabilities of the 91st SRS crews.

Here we see an F-10 crew dressed for serious work over remote areas.

Note the 91st SRS Emblem displayed on the side of the aircraft and the nose camera ports on both lower sides of the aircraft.

This photo provided by Lt. “Jake” Jacobson

U.S. civilian and military leaders were concerned with Nazi Germany’s preoccupation with South and Central America. In order to prepare for possible hostilities in our own backyard, the military planners needed accurate charts and maps of all of these regions. Millions of square miles were virtually unexplored and uncharted. The 91st was given the tremendous task of getting this job done through aerial photography.

Between April 1943 and June 1945, the 91st flew throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean. Staging from Ramey Field, Puerto Rico, aircraft and crews were sent on “TDYs” all over the northern portions of South American continent and Central America. The unit underwent five redesignations from the 91st Reconnaissance Squadron (Bomber) through 91st Photographic Mapping and Charting Squadron to the 91st Reconnaissance (Long Range, Photo). This evolution took place as the 91st received and flew a number of different airframes--predominately the B-25 “Mitchell” bomber and the B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber.

The switch to the longer-range F-10’s (B-25’s) also gave the photo crews a better platform from which to accomplish their photo reconnaissance, mapping and charting assignments.

Trimetrogon Photos from 19,586' altitude over San Pedro, Chile, S.A.

Three views of the photo reconnaissance version of the B-17B,
identified as the F-9
For its committed service in preparing civilian and military leaders and planners for a possible spread of the worldwide conflict in our own hemisphere, the 91st was awarded the American Defense Campaign Streamer and its personnel were authorized to wear the American Defense Campaign Medal and Ribbon.
Above: Picture of 91st Mission Range throughout Central and South America

EDITOR’S NOTE: The next five pages include a selection of related photographs, some with full identification and some that are not specifically or only partially identified. These photos all relate to the aircraft and crews that served with the 91st Squadron during this period. Dependent upon your level of interest, you may move on to the remaining pages of this chapter or you may go directly on to Chapter 4.

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