345 BG Volume 1
By Andre R. Zbiegniewski
Kagero Publications, ©2005
Softbound, 88 Pages
Available from Squadron for $17.96
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
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