The old Hawaiian Air Force met the attack of the Japanese on 7 December 1941. Redesignated the Seventh Air Force its bomber units moved into combat in the Pacific almost immediately. From the cadre of the original Hawaiian units they spawned two new fighter groups. Eventually those fighter squadrons a close-knit fraternity began to garrison outlying island bases and eventually saw combat in the Mashals-Gilberts the Marianas. Finally towards war's end they were flying long-range missions against Japan from Ie Shima and Iwo Jima.