Attack and Conquer – The 8th Fighter Group in World War II

Title – Attack and Conquer – The 8th Fighter Group in World War II

Author – John C. Stanaway & Lawrence J. Hickney


John Stanaway and Lawrence Hickey have presented a very detailed look into the history and actions undertaken by the USAAF 8th Fighter Group during WW2. This is a fitting tribute that captures the efforts from 1942 onwards, of the men from the 8th Fighter Group who with along side the RAAF fought to limit the Japanese advance towards Australia. Laid out in monthly format, the book describes what missions were flown, pilots involved, operational aspects and any actions/kills or losses that took place. The USAAF contribution helped in turning the Japanese military back from Australia, with much island-hopping taking place as they edger closer to Japan.

Formed in the late 1930s and initially operating on the eastern coast of the USA, the 8th Pursuit Group men and aircraft were transferred once WW2 started, in to the Pacific theatre, moving across to Australia.The 8th FG then leapfrogged northwards to Papua New Guinea and the surrounding islands, as they spearheaded the USAAF fighter response to take back the invaded countries. From 1942 to 1945 while operating under the 5th Air Force, the 8th FG utilised a mix of legendary fighters – P-39 Airacobras, P-40 Kittyhawks, P-38 Lightnings, P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs.


The 8th FG pilots who flew in these fighters, battled relentless waves of Japanese fighters and bomber attacks and in doing so, they produced many aces with names like Danny Roberts, ‘Corky’ Smith, Ken Ladd, Ed Cragg, Jay Robbins, famous Pearl harbour pilot George Welch, Cy Homer and Kenny Giroux. By the end of WW2 the 8th FG pilots were the 3rd highest unit with confirmed air to air kills in the 5th Fighter Command. The 8th FG also achieved the last 5th Fighter Command kills in the Pacific during August 1945. The 8th FG ended WW2 having accumulated 440 air to air kills and 200+ ground kills.

A detailed list of pilots kills, colour photos and many black and white photos help to illustrate the WW2 era actions of the 8th FG.

Book detail

ISBN13: 978-0887408083

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 0

Pages: 320 pages

Binding: hard cover

Available direct from Schifferbooks at for $45.00 US plus postage.