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We follow a crew of explorers, led by Chicago restaurateur Richard Portillo, to Bougainville, New Guinea (northern Solomon Islands, Southwest Pacific) as they trek through dense jungle and deep mud to visit the remote site of the plane wreck of famed Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s crashed Betty Bomber.
Admiral Yamamoto is best known as the architect of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and Japan’s failed battle at Midway in June of 1942. He was also openly opposed to a war with the United States from the outset.
Allied intelligence was able to decipher Japanese code and identify that Yamamoto’s plane was headed to Bougainville on April 18, 1943. His bomber was intercepted and shot down by American P-38 fighter planes.
The United States based explorers visited the crash site, guided by researchers, historians and local natives. While on Bougainville they made an incredible discovery.
Trips to Bougainville, Hawaii and Japan hope will bring viewers amazing sights they have seldom seen, including a visit to the Yamamoto museum in his home city of Nagaoka Japan.