The 8th Fighter Group was one of six American fighter groups that served with General MacArthur's Fifth Air Force, fighting its way across the Pacific from the earliest combat operations over New Guinea during April of 1942, to the skies of Japan at the end of the war. By this time, the unit had achieved nearly 450 aerial victories, and it
was one of the premier American air combat units in the Pacific Theater. Attack & Conquer
covers the 8th from its stateside formation and training to its deployment to the Southwest Pacific almost immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It was the first American fighter group to go into action during the earliest days of combat over New Guinea, and was successively equipped with the P-39 Airacobra, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-47 Thunderbolt and finally the P-38 Lightning, fighting in the skies over New Guinea, the Netherlands East Indies and the Philippines, and to the home islands of Japan on the last day of aerial combat before Japan surrendered. Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, John C. Stanaway and Lawrence J. Hickey's comprehensive account of this unit features hundreds of photographs and 320 pages of text, and 16 pages of color that includes 12 aircraft paintings by Steve Ferguson. Attack & Conquer
also has detailed appendices listing unit leadership, aircraft histories, victories, aces and losses.
A Schiffer Military History.