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by Lawrence J. Hickey, Walter Gaylor, Don Evans, Harry Nelson
IHRA  2006
624 pages
Index, 1000+ photos
32 page color section
ISBN: 0913511056
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Revenge of the Red Raiders
The Illustrated History of the 22nd Bombardment Group During World War II

When Lawrence Hickey published his first book, Warpath Across The Pacific it set a new standard for aviation group histories. Regarded as the best group history ever published, Hickey has topped himself, with the long awaited release of this volume about the 22nd Bombardment Group (22nd BG) "Red Raiders".

During World War II, 22nd BG has a long legacy as one of the first bomber groups to arrive in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) flying the Martin B-26 Marauder against the Japanese from bases in northern Australia and New Guinea. Later, the group also flew the B-25 Mitchell and later the B-24 Liberator.

In this book, Lawrence Hickey and co-authors Walter Gaylor, Don Evans and Harry Nelson (all veterans of the 22nd BG) record the complete history of the 22nd BG. Compiled from wartime records from America, Japan and Australia. Combat is matched with Japanese sources, providing an unprecedented documentation of the group's combat history. Added to that history are personal experiences of hundreds of the units veterans, including pilots down to ground crews, that places the reader inside the hearts and minds of the group at every moment of the Pacific War.

Revenge of the Red raiders is nothing short of encyclopedia of information about everything related to the 22nd BG. With 624 pages, the core of the book is an outstanding unit history, that begins with the group's formation, and finishes with the end of World War II. Each page is lavishly illustrated with incredible combat photography, crew and aircraft photos and detailed maps.

Like Warpath, the book is far more than just a unit history. The appendix sections are important works of history and research in themselves. An appendix details all losses of the 22nd, including Killed, Missing or other death, sorted by date. Each loss is described with a text summary, and all crew noted. Another details every aircraft of the 22nd, listing nickname, serial number, assignment details, pilots and crew chiefs. This appendix is particularly useful for anyone interested in details on this unit's aircraft.

The appendix on markings and insignia is a detailed study of nose art and individual markings, as well as squadron and group ones over the 22nd's long service. The final appendix are aircraft profiles for the bomber's profiled in the book's extensive artwork color profile section. The stories behind the art and insignia are amazing and memorable in their own right.

In addition to the intense historical study, the book is rich with artwork, including full color paintings by aviation artist Jack Fellows. Additionally, the center of the book includes 48 color profiles of 22nd BG aircraft including all the bomber types they flew in combat. Additionally, the book presents rare and stunning color photographs of 22nd BG aircraft, markings and crews.

This book raises the bar for aviation history, by presenting an unprecedented level of information and photographs about one BG of the Pacific war. Author Hickey has out done himself, by creating another book that any aviation enthusiast will want in their library.

Also check out International Historical Research Associates publications on 5th Air Force group histories including Warpath Over The Pacific, Rampage of the Roarin' 20's and Ken's Men Against The Empire.

Interviews with authors Lawrence J. Hickey and Harry Nelson
Review by  Justin Taylan  

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