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by Lawrence J. Hickey
Steve Birdsall, Madison D. Jonas, Edward M. Rogers, Osamu Tagaya
IHRA  2016 (1st edition)
2020 (2nd edition)
416 pages
550 photos
16 page color section
Full color paintings
Maps, aircraft profiles
ISBN: 978-0-913511-07-7
Cover Price: $75.00
Language: English

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Ken’s Men Against The Empire
The Illustrated History of the 43rd Bombardment Group During World War II
Volume I: Prewar to October 1943 The B-17 Era

Ken’s Men Against The Empire Volume I covers the first half of the history of the 43rd Bombardment Group (43rd BG) nicknamed "Ken's Men" in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) duing World War II. This book is written and researched by Lawrence J. Hickey with co-authors including Steve Birdsall, Madison Jonas, Edward Rogers and Osamu Tagaya. The book features hundreds of World War II photographs, maps and original artwork by aviation artist Jack Fellows.

The 1st edition was published March 2016 and is out of print. The 2nd edition was published February 2020 with updates and expanded narrative. This book is an essential addition to your aviation library. Order online via International Historical Research Associates (IHRA).

The second half of the group's history is covered is Ken’s Men Against The Empire - The Illustrated History of the 43rd Bombardment Group During World War II - Volume II: October 1943 to 1945 B-24 Era (2019). Also check out the publisher's "Eagles Over The Pacific" series on 5th Air Force Bombardment Groups including: Warpath Over The Pacific, Revenge of the Red Raiders and Rampage of the Roarin' 20's.

Interview with authors Lawrence J. Hickey, Steve Birdsall, Edward Rogers and Osamu Tagaya
Review by Justin Taylan  

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November 25, 2022

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