345 BG Volume 1

By Andre R. Zbiegniewski
Kagero Publications, ©2005
ISBN 83-89088-46-0
Softbound, 88 Pages
Available from Squadron for $17.96

Reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl

The history of the 345 Bomb Group is a fascinating one, combining colorful aircraft with an equally colorful operational record. This first volume introduces the reader to this fascinating unit with plenty of photos, a well written text, and several color profile illustrations. For those who have a few Accurate Miniatures 1/48 or Hasegawa 1/72 B-25 kits, this book is bound to present lots of inspiration.

The book begins, like other Kagero titles, with a short anecdote introducing the reader to a typical operation of the unit. Once the reader is intrigued, the text starts at the beginning, in Port Moresby. From there the story takes a chronological approach, following the unit through its operations throughout New Guinea and Southeast Asia. Complementing the text are plenty of photos showing the aircraft, and in many cases, their targets. There are plenty of interesting B-25s presented here, eager to be modeled. Building on this are the color profiles, which illustrate several of these colorful aircraft.

This is a great addition to the history of US Pacific bomber units, and the next volume will undoubtedly build on the great beginning presented here. This, and other Kagero titles, are available from Squadron Mail Order. Visit their website for ordering information.

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