Academic journal article Air Power History

Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Hong Kong, 1942-1945

Academic journal article Air Power History

Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Hong Kong, 1942-1945

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Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Hong Kong, 1942-1945. By Steven K Bailey. Lincoln NE: University of Nebraska Press,. 2019. Illustrations. Photographs. Appendix. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. 344. $34.95 ISBN 978-1-64012-104-1

Steven K. Bailey is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University, where he teaches nonfiction writing courses and specializes in writing-program administration. He has published articles on wartime Hong Kong in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch and is the author of Strolling in Macau: A Visitor's Guide to Macau, Taipa, and Coloane and Exploring Hong Kong: A Visitor's Guide to Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the New Territories.

The book tells the story of the American airmen, their aircraft, and their combat missions over not only Hong Kong, but also Japanese-held airbases in occupied China during the Second World War. Bailey describes the American military campaign against Japanese forces from the organization of the American Volunteer Group (AVG--Flying Tigers) in 1941 through to the multi-squadron Army and Navy air strikes against Hong Kong during 1945. Bailey relates the various air operations--both support and assault--in the China-Burma-India Theater during the period, with the focus on Hong Kong. Chapter by chapter he captures the spirit of the American airmen and maintenance personnel in both victory and defeat. …

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