ORIGINAL: el cid again
While the official list does include an 83rd Observation Squadron, it should be in the
game as such, not as the 86th. Granted it does rename to the 86th in 1942. It operated
both the O-47 and B-18 and several other types until finally getting F-7s in 1944. It may
indeed be the unit in the game listed as the 86th OS. I need to see if there is a separate
83rd OS, and if not, add it in as such. The 86th would be available in an extended war situation,
appearing at the US East Coast (South Carolina) about 15 July, 1945. For whatever reason,
the unit is NOT listed as the 86th OS in the record - although it renamed to that in 1942.
A unit is usually listed under its start of war name.
I guess Don Bowen beat me to the punch. But since I did the work, I should post it.
Query what the 83rd Observation squadron has to do with the discussion. Do not believe it ever existed, but it certainly was never part of the lineage of 86th Observation Squadron.
Following, are the pages that detail the 86th Observation Squadron, taken from the book that you cite as your source (as Don Bowen notes, it starts at page 197). In case the jpeg text is hard to read, here is a brief synopsis for the WW-II time frame.
Clearly, the 86th Observation Squadron was there from the very beginning, and served very well, as such, until redesignated 43rd Reconnaissance Squadron in mid 1945.
# 1 February, 1940: 86th Observation Squadron activated; Assigned Hawaiian Department; Reassigned Hawaiian (later 7th) Air Force 1 November, 1940; Stationed Wheeler Field, Oahu, TH, relocated Bellows Field, Oahu, TH, 15 March 1941.
# 26 February, 1942: Redesignated 86th Observation Squadron (Medium); Assigned 7th Air Force; Relocated Wheeler Field, Oahu, TH, 17 August, 1942.
# 31 May, 1943: Redesignated 86th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bomber); Assigned 7th Air Force; Stationed Wheeler Field, Oahu, TH.
# 13 November 1943: Redesignated 86th Combat Mapping Squadron; Assigned 7th Air Force; Stationed Wheeler Field, Oahu, TH.
# 1944: Stationed at Wheeler Field, Oahu, TH; Detachments operating from Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Saipan
# 16 June, 1945: Redesignated 43rd Reconnaissance Squadron (Long Range, Photographic); Assigned 20th Reconnaissance Group, 20th Air Force; Detachments operating from Puerto Princessa, Palawan.