They're Killing My Boys!

The History of Hickam Field and the Attacks of 7 December 1941

  • Subject: World War II
  • Format:
    Hardcover
  • Pages:
    296
    pages
  • Illustrations:
    “They're Killing my Boys” is a detailed combat narrative of the 7 December 1941 Japanese attacks on Hickam Field—then one of two major U.S. Army airfields on the island of O'ahu.
  • Published:
    October 15, 2019
  • ISBN-10:
    1682474585
  • ISBN-13:
    9781682474587
  • Product Dimensions:
    8.5 × 10.875 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    37 oz
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Overview

“They're Killing my Boys” is a detailed combat narrative of the 7 December 1941 Japanese attacks on Hickam Field—then one of two major U.S. Army airfields on the island of O'ahu. Since the field served as a base for long-range bombers, the Japanese military desired to put Hickam out of action to prevent U.S. forces from searching for and attacking their carrier force.

Typically, military historians tend to focus on the destruction sustained by the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Although the loss of life at Hickam Field was less than that sustained by the Pacific Fleet, the attacks on the former location caused destruction and mayhem that was disastrous and wrenching.

This work describes actions in the air and on the ground at the deepest practical personal and tactical level, from both the American and Japanese perspectives. Such a synthesis is possible only by pursuing every conceivable source of American documents, reminiscences, interviews, and photographs. This accumulation of data and information makes possible an intricate and highly-integrated story that is unparalleled. The interwoven nature of the narratives of both sides provides a deep understanding of the events at Hickam Field that has been impossible to present heretofore.


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Editorial Reviews

’They’re Killing My Boys!’, the third installment of Wenger, Cressman, and Di Virgilio’s comprehensive history of the Pearl Harbor tragedy, covers the devastation of Hickam Field, the U.S. bomber base on Oahu. Their superb treatment remains unmatched in absorbing detail, careful interpretation, and excellent photographs.” John B. Lundstrom, author of Black Shoe Carrier Admiral
They’re Killing My Boys! is a very detailed examination on the Japanese attacks on Hickman Field…. The story is told within 272-pages in this well-illustrated hardbound volume…. So, what’s new to find out concerning the 7 December 1941 Japanese sneak attack on Hawaii? By what’s in this volume, a lot!” —Sea Classics
“A companion volume to the authors’ ‘This is No Drill’: The History of NAS Pearl Harbor and the Japanese Attacks of 7 December 1941, a very detailed history of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) air attack on Hickam Field – one of two major United States Army Air Force (USAAF) airfields on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu – which followed the major assault on the nearby Pearl Harbor Navy Yard during one of the most pivotal days in the history of WW2.” —Aerospace
“What makes this book so important is the first-time availability of free and unfettered access to both open and closed service records of American and Japanese personnel. The authors have detailed backgrounds and personality profiles with photos of key Japanese participants, including many of the pilots who led the attacks.” —WTBF-AM/FM
“Three leading US military historians collaborate to produce a fresh review of the wider actions on the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbour. This is an original review of the attack with fresh insight and many rare photographs. Most Highly Recommended.” —FIRE Reviews

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