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"Rampage of the Roarin’ 20’s" - by author Lawrence J. Hickey

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Rampage of the Roarin’ 20’s

Hardcover (416 pages), brand new


"…stunning detail and incredible photos on Douglas A-20 Havocs in action.” – FlyPast Magazine

"…this volume of the sensational Eagles Over the Pacific series will stand as the definitive history of the 312th.” –

"We recently had one book cross our review desk that deserves the title ‘ultimate’ and that is Rampage of the Roarin’ 20’s…The text is well-written and extraordinarily complete and chronicles the group as it moved from one forward airstrip to the other.” – Air Classics Magazine
Short Description

 Rampage of the Roarin' 20's recounts the aerial odyssey of the men of the 312th Bomb Group in their sweep across the Southwest Pacific Theater from Papua New Guinea to Tokyo. Although the 312th initially entered the fray in December 1943 with Fifth Air Force in P-40 "Warhawk" dive bombers, it quickly converted to the A-20 light attack bomber and fought its way across New Guinea, the Netherlands East Indies, the Philippines and Formosa. Many of these missions were flown in the low-level strafer attack mode, resulting in some of the most outstanding combat photos of the war. Near the end of the war, while in the Ryukyu Islands, the unit converted to the B-32 Dominator Very Heavy bomber, flew its last missions over the Japanese homeland and fought the last aerial encounter of World War II over Tokyo after the Japanese had announced their intention to surrender.

Meticulous research in the U.S. archives woven together with information from interviews with hundreds of unit veterans has produced a definitive 416-page text that includes maps depicting the location of every mission flown and aircraft lost. The book is illustrated with over 700 photos, plus a magnificent 24-page color section that includes 36 aircraft profiles, and for the first time ever in a book of aviation history, 32 very detailed and enlarged nose art reproductions illustrated with near-photographic accuracy. The book also features five superb combat paintings created by world-renowned aviation artist Jack Fellows. Five extremely comprehensive appendices document all aircraft flown as well as casualties, leadership, an extensive "markings and insignia" history and extensive histories of the 36 profiled aircraft and its crews. This is the third volume in the landmark Eagles Over the Pacific series, and it will stand as the definitive history of the 312th and one of the best aviation history books published in recent years. No aviation history library is complete without this book.

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About the Author

Larry has been fascinated by aviation since his boyhood in Wichita, KS. After graduating with a degree in History, he spent 1966-67 living in Saigon in the household of a top-ranking Vietnamese royal family while working as a researcher for the Air Force’s Project CHECO, a branch of the Operations Analysis, 7th Air Force. After completing several highly acclaimed studies on air operations in SE Asia, he returned to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies at Georgetown. He soon accepted a job with the Defense Intelligence Agency where he became the first analyst for the South Vietnam Political Desk.

During most of his career with DIA, he also was a member of the Vietnam Special Studies Group, an inter-agency task force under Dr. Henry Kissinger that developed the exit strategy for ending the Vietnam War. Under direct orders from the President, he returned to Vietnam in 1970 to conduct research in the Mekong Delta for a major cease-fire planning study. As Political Analyst for North Vietnam, in January 1972, Larry was credited with providing the first warning of the forthcoming Communist spring offensive, and thereafter reported on it on a daily bases to the highest levels of the US Government, including as an advisor to the National Security Council Staff.

At the end of 1972, Larry left government service to become a private entrepreneur, pursuing interests in manufacturing, real estate, writing and publishing. A full time author and publisher with a focus on WWII aviation, he lives in Boulder, CO with his wife Sue. His first book, Warpath Across the Pacific, tells the story of the 345th Bomb Group in the SW Pacific, and is considered the gold standard for aviation unit histories. Larry followed this success with books on other units, including his most recent, Rampage of the Roarin' 20's. He is currently working on histories for the 3rd, 38th and 43rd Bomb Groups, and is overseeing a multi-volume series covering the first 16 months of the air war in Europe, 1939-40.

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          Customer Reviews

          Based on 3 reviews
          Michael F.
          An excellent reference on late war 43rd BG - recommended

          This book continues the series by Hickey and if you have any of there other volumes, you know what to expect. The book is full of information and details not easily found in other sources. The information is dense but is complimented by nice illustrations and even some color photos go with the maps, diagrams and other B&W photos. I particularly like the appendix with the planes, pilots and crew chiefs listed. I enjoy these books by Hickey and have bought all of them. I recommend them for the historian and enthusiast. The book was advertised as “signed by the author”, unfortunately, however, my copy was not signed.

          Ronald C.
          I have been looking for this book a long time, glad to have found it,

          Great book about the B-25 war against the Japanese in the south china sea and
          the island fignting , bombing and staffing with more pictures than most WWII books.

          Joseph M.
          Ken's Men

          a wonderful accounting of the pacific war. found a picture of my father which is priceless to me.