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The Last Mission (2003)

Four days after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, American airmen are flying the last and longest bombing mission of the war. In Tokyo, a fanatical group of Japanese officers ... See full summary »

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Colonel Masataka Ida
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Tony Cosola
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Four days after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, American airmen are flying the last and longest bombing mission of the war. In Tokyo, a fanatical group of Japanese officers stage a daring coup d'etat in an effort to prolong the war. As the rebels take over Japan's Imperial Palace, and with it - Emperor Hirohito; radio operator Jim Smith and the men of the 315th Bomb Wing are facing their own dangers in the sky above Japan. In a development not anticipated by generals or world leaders - the Last Mission and the coup d'etat converge, helping to bring an end to the most destructive war the world has ever known. Written by Tim Prokop

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Fascinating! In school, I learned historical facts about WWII. This mission shaped those facts!
11 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've always assumed that once the atomic bombs were dropped, that was it! Not so. There was dissent. There was a coup attempt. There was a knight in shining armor that came to the rescue. But he didn't know it!!

If the coup had succeeded, there could have been a third atomic bomb or worse yet, a full on invasion of Japan!! This mission, quite by accident, prevented this possibility.

A very interesting documentary. It's truly amazing how seemingly unconnected events came together to produce a piece of history that I've always taken for granted!


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