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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Well-known aviation historians John Stanaway and Lawrence Hickey combine their talents to produce this massive - 300+ pages - history of the 8th Fighter Group, one of the stalwarts of General George Kenney's 5th Air Force.

The 8th FG had an illustrious combat history, as is well documented in this Schiffer book. It was the first American fighter group in the Southwest Pacific and took part in all 5th AF operations, flying a mixture of P-39s, P-40s, P-38s and P-51s. And its pilots scored the last V Fighter Command victories in August 1945. Ending the war with some 440 aerial victories and 200+ ground kills, the 8th was the third top scorer in V Fighter Command, helped by the efforts of aces such as Ed Cragg, Danny Roberts, Ken Ladd, Kenny Giroux, Jay Robbins, George Welch, Cy Homer and 'Corky' Smith.

Stanaway and Hickey's book will stand as the definitive work on this hard-charging unit. They had the assistance of the 8th FG Association and the 80th FS Association and it shows in the wealth of information and photos presented in the book. A visual highlight of the book is the inclusion of 16 pages of color profiles and rare wartime color photographs. This really is one well-done book and a grand tribute to a top-notch fighter group.

Highly recommended!

One quibble: I would have liked a listing of the group's aces included in the book.
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on April 21, 2015
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Only book that I know of on this unit. Many pictures and maps of this unit and color line drawing of aircraft. Book covers the unit from its very start to its deactivation at the end of WW2. I like t he books lay out and its easy format to follow. Unit was one of the best units to fight in the pacific using the P38 lighting as its primary aircraft. I was surprise how many p-39 aircraft this unit lost in the begining of WW2.
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on January 24, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
great pictures and out standing pictures. I spent 6 years in the air force from 1948-54 with 5 years as radio operator on B-29s. My cousin Major Richard Ira Bong was the american ace of aces flying in the P-38 in the Pacific area.
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on January 26, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I found my father and his WWII plane with my mother's name on it and we learned who his crew chief was and I was able to contact his family for any possible photos he may have taken.
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on September 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Great book, exactly what we needed for research on several of the PTO Aces.
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on December 16, 2014
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FABULOUS
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on May 30, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
The photos, descriptions and stories of the men and airplanes from the war in the Pacific are excellent. I especially liked the photos of the men who flew and maintained the planes.
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