- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 100 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: May 5, 2003
On the night of August 14, 1945, radio operator Jim Smith was flying on the last bombing mission of World War II. 30,000 feet below him, a desperate drama played out in Tokyo, as rebellious troops under the command of Major Kenji Hatanaka seized control of the Emperor Hirohito's Imperial Palace. Their aim was to prevent the Emperor's announcement that he would surrender to the Allied Powers.
The failure of Hatanaka's coup has long puzzled military scholars, but THE LAST MISSION answers many of the questions surrounding it. Drawing on his wartime logbooks, unit histories and interviews with fellow airmen from the "Boomerang" mission, Jim Smith, author of The Last Mission reveals the connection between the planned air strike and the collapse of the palace coup.
Recently uncovered documents from the National Archives and declassified CIA files help shed light on the military conspiracy against the Japanese emperor and the possible consequences had it been successful.