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

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

Bailey, Steven K

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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.

ISBN : 9781640121041
BY (AUTHOR) Bailey, Steven K
PUBLISHER : University of Nebraska Press PUBLICATION DATE : March 01, 2019
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United States IMPRINT : University of Nebraska Press
LANGUAGE : English AGE : Professional & Vocational
DIMENSION : 228 mm x 152 mm

History & Archaeology
Society & Social Sciences

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