The Last Bomb

About the Show

A programme documenting one of 21st Bomber Command's long-distance, low-altitude, daylight strikes over Tokyo during the spring and summer of 1945. Launched from the hard-won South Pacific island of Iwo Jima, the 3,000-mile mission was considered one of the most dangerous of World War II. This rare Technicolor film, transferred to stunning HD, covers the mission in its entirety, from General Curtis Lemay's initial planning stage, through fighter action and the bombing run, to touchdown back at the base on Iwo Jima. Featuring spectacular gun-camera footage shot by P-51 Mustang pilots as they engaged in air-to-air combat and escorted the huge B-29s to their targets, this unique film from the archives reveals their perilous journey over Japan.