He stood beside his comrade, and friend retired Staff Sergeant David Johnathan Thatcher, who died in Missoula hospital in Montana last week.The 94-year-old former airman suffered a stroke before dying. Richard 'Dick' Cole, right, were the last two survivors of 80 men who took part on the historic mission on April 18, 1942, which saw mainland Japan attacked.Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole, center, salutes his final comrade of the Doolittle bombing mission Staff Sergeant David Thatcher, gunner-engineer aboard the Ruptured Duck which crash landed off the coast of China Staff Sgt. Pictured here in April 2015 The audacious plan, developed by Lt Col James 'Jimmy' Doolittle, would see 16, B-25 bombers attack sites on mainland Japan - even though no body had managed to launch an aircraft that size from an aircraft carrier.The aircraft were launched some 200 miles before the planned departure point, almost ensuring they would not have enough fuel to land on friendly Chinese airstrips and would be required to crash land.After the bombing, Thatcher's plane - running low on fuel - crash landed in the ocean near China.The plane flipped over and all the crew members except for Thatcher were seriously injured.
Without the pressure and weighty expectations involved in producing a major work, inspiration flows freely and the result is an even more accomplished piece of art.This may have been what happened with Git by Song Il-gon, the director of Flower Island (2001), Spider Forest (2004), and various award-winning short films including The Picnic (1999).Git was originally commissioned as a 30-minute segment of the digital omnibus film 1.3.6.Comprising works by Jang Jin (Someone Special), Lee Young-jae (Harmonium in My Memory) and Song, 1.3.6 was intended to explore environmental themes and was slotted to open the first Green Film Festival in Seoul in late October.Alas, the festival's expectations were confounded, first in that only Lee Young-jae's work really engaged environmental issues in a direct way (the other two were merely set in rural areas), and second by the fact that Song went out and shot a 70-minute film.As an omnibus work, 1.3.6 has to be considered a failure, especially as the three films (Jang's amusing Sonagi Epilogue, Lee's poorly-received Mobius Strip, and Song's poetic Git) don't match, not just in length but in form, content, mood, style, and quality.But if Song betrayed the spirit of the omnibus project, he remained true to the needs of his film.Git centers around a film director who, in the middle of starting his next screenplay, remembers a promise he'd made ten years earlier.While staying on a remote southern island off Jeju-do, he and his girlfriend of the time agreed to come back and meet at the same motel exactly ten years in the future.Now, years after breaking up, he returns to the small island named Biyang-do, wondering if his ex-girlfriend will remember their appointment.(It seems appropriate that Git's basic setup recalls Richard Linklater's Before Sunset, another film that stands out for the beauty and simplicity of its construction) On Biyang-do, the director -- named Jang Hyun-seong, the same as the actor who portrays him -- is overpowered with both memories of the past and the beauty of the island.