"Warpath Across the Pacific" - by author Lawrence J. Hickey
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Warpath Across the Pacific
Hardcover (448 pages), brand new
"…one of the most exhaustively researched, brilliantly illustrated and trenchantly told accounts we have ever read…Warpath Across the Pacific is as near to an epic as most of us will ever come. It is by far the best aviation history and one of the best aeronautical books we have read in years.” - Joseph Mizzahi in Airpower Magazine
"Only once in many decades does a book of this quality and impact appear…I don’t see how Hickey did it for a sale price this low.” -Jeff Ethell in Warbirds Magazine
"One of the best books ever covering the air war against the Japanese in the South Pacific…This one gets our highest recommendation.” - Zenith Aviation Books
“…a bargain…Warpath stands as the finest aviation unit history ever compiled.” - American Fighter Aces Bulletin
“…monumental…a feast…This large volume will surely find its way to anyone interested in World War Two aviation.” – Air Classics Magazine
“…(translation from French) it is The American military book of the year!” – Air Fan Magazine (France)
“…Well written and concise, the book tells both the official history, and anecdotal history of its pilots, crews and personnel. This history is assembled from both official records, and hundreds of veteran interviews over decades of research…” Read full review – www.pacificwrecks.com
This first volume of the acclaimed Eagles Over the Pacific series has become a classic, the standard by which combat aviation literature is judged, and it is in its 5th revised edition. Top aviation historians consider it to be the best book on an air combat units ever produced. Exhaustively researched both from archival sources and through interviews and correspondence with hundreds of unit veterans, Larry Hickey has created in Warpath Across the Pacific, a book that reads like an exciting adventure novel, but that is actually the most carefully researched and written history possible. The book follows the 345th Bomb Group, the famous Air Apaches, on its journey fighting with low-level B-25 strafers across the Southwest Pacific from New Guinea to the home islands of Japan. Many of these missions were flown at 50 to 100 feet above the targets and produced, from a rearward mounted camera below the rear fuselage, some of the most dramatic combat photos ever taken during aerial warfare. Warpath includes 448 pages of text, over 700 photos, detailed appendices of crews, casualties and every aircraft flown, and a magnificent 32-page color section that includes 48 B-25 aircraft profiles and five paintings by top aviation artist and IHRA Art Director Jack Fellows. The book is copiously illustrated with maps that locate every mission flown and aircraft lost. Warpath Across the Pacific remains a must-have for any aviation or military history enthusiast.
Other books in this series:
- "Ken's Men Against the Empire"
- "Ken’s Men Against the Empire Vol. 2"
- "Rampage of the Roarin’ 20’s"
- "Harvest of the Grim Reapers Vol. 1"
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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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.
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.
a wonderful accounting of the pacific war. found a picture of my father which is priceless to me.