bruce gamble's books


  Recent Releases and Works in Progress:

Swashbucklers and Black Sheep: A Pictorial History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214
in World War II

Published on September 15, 2012

Synopsis: Full color, oversize hardcover book featuring fine art by John Shaw, Craig Kodera, Jim Laurier, and Bob Rasmussen; sixteen full-color aircraft profiles and approximately 250  photographs; all-new narration of VMF-214 in the Pacific plus a tribute to the squadron's service since World War II.


Target: Rabaul: The Allied Siege of Japan's Most Infamous Stronghold, March 1943 - August 1945


Published on November 15, 2013

Synopsis: The chronological sequel to Fortress Rabaul (May 2010), Target: Rabaul narrates the story of the intense air war over Japan's most notorious stronghold in the Southwest Pacific. It provides compelling, sometimes disturbing insights regarding the plight of captured Allied airmen held at Rabaul. Of the more than 100 taken prisoner, only seven men remained alive at the end of the war.


Invasion Rabaul: The Epic Story of Lark Force, the Forgotten Garrison, January - July 1942


Published on March 15, 2014

Synopsis: Previously published as Darkest Hour, Invasion Rabaul is the riveting first book of the Rabaul Trilogy, a chronicle of the longest battle of World War II


Kangaroo Squadron: American Courage in the Darkest Days of the Pacific War

Working title. Publishing agreement with Da Capo Press

Synopsis: Shortly after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Army sent a cobbled-together squadron of B-17s island-hopping across the Pacific to take the fight to the enemy. Rushed into combat with virtually no logistical support, the squadron fought bravely with what it had. Kangaroo Squadron narrates the unit's compelling history and the amazing story of the "Swamp Ghost," a one-of-a-kind B-17 that returned to the United States almost 70 years after crash landing in a New Guinea swamp.


Uncle Sam's Suicide Club: The Courageous Pioneers of the U.S. Air Mail Service, 1918 - 1927

Working title, concept.

Synopsis: A detailed narrative of the pioneering aviators who risked their lives to shuttle mail from city to city in the era of open-cockpit biplanes, regardless of the season or weather conditions. Dozens lost their lives but ultimately paved the way for the development of the commercial airline system.
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