Bold Venture

The American Bombing of Japanese-Occupied Hong Kong, 1942–1945

Steven K Bailey

Bold Venture tells an important and riveting untold wartime story of the American airmen who flew combat missions over Hong Kong during the Second World War.
Publication date:
March 2019
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
Language:
English
Illustration :
22 Photographs
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781640121041

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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This book is available
£25.00

Overview
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• Fills an unexplored niche in a large and vibrant market for World War II military nonfiction
• Presents the untold definitive account of the American air campaign against Hong Kong from 1942 to 1945 by highlighting the air raids over the city and the untold story of the men who were captured and released from POW camps in Japan
• General local interest in Hong Kong history has surged in recent years as the city asserts its own unique cultural identity in the face of pressures from a resurgent China to conform to mainland culture and political will
• Explores the background behind the WWII-era undetonated bombs frequently found in Hong Kong to this day

Bold Venture tells an important and riveting untold wartime story of the American airmen who flew combat missions over Hong Kong during the Second World War. Steven K. Bailey sheds light on a key narrative about a larger American campaign against Japanese forces throughout occupied China. Bailey begins with the discovery of an unexploded one-thousand-pound bomb in Hong Kong in 2014, which unfolds a rich history of American heavy bombers in World War II. As Bailey fills in the missing gaps of these heavy bombers' role in World War II, he reveals the story behind the American air raids and the airmen who were eventually shot down over Hong Kong. Bold Venture's exploration of World War II and its aftermath in Hong Kong goes into detail about the British civilians and soldiers who were released from prison and repatriated, and a U.S. military investigative team's recovery of the remains of the crew of Bold Venture, the B-25 that went down in Hong Kong in March 1945. Today unexploded aircraft bombs are unearthed with frightening regularity by construction crews in Hong Kong. Residents are eager to know where these bombs originated, who dropped them, when they dropped them, and what--or who--the targets were. Bailey's account helps answer some of these questions and also provides a unique historical perspective for Americans seeking to understand our contemporary military context and the complexities of foreign military involvement.