Academic journal article Air Power History

We Served with Honor: Memoirs of the Men Who Served the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

Academic journal article Air Power History

We Served with Honor: Memoirs of the Men Who Served the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

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We Served with Honor: Memoirs of the Men Who Served the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. By Linda Rios Bromley, James F. Bard, Jr., and Frank T. Hayes. Solihull, England: Helion and Company, 2013. Photographs. Appendices. Index. Pp. 348. $34.00 ISBN: 978-1-909384-22-4

This is the latest in a series of histories published by Helion that relate to Cold War reconnaissance, nuclear doctrine, and strategic bomber operations. An elaboration of an earlier history by the same authors (and Nancy Keeling, who is listed in the acknowledgments of this work as a reviewer), We Served with Honor assembles the recollections of a wide range of airmen and others, across all ranks, on the history and accomplishments of this valorous unit.

The 91st had been constituted as a bombardment group in 1942. Inactivated after the war, it was reactivated in July 1947 as the 91st Reconnaissance Group within Strategic Air Command, and then designated as the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (later, in view of its aircraft types, being redesignated again in July 1950 as the 91st SRW, Medium). For the next seven years, the 91st flew extensively on Far East Cold War reconnaissance missions using a mix of RB-29, RB^5, RB-47, and RB-50 aircraft, together with a variety of other types, including the RC-54. In that time, it lost eight aircraft to Soviet MiG and Lavochkin fighters, including six B/RB-29s, one RB-45, and one B-50. …

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