Sub-Lieutenant Saburō Sakai was a Japanese naval aviator and flying ace (” Gekitsui-O”, 撃墜王) of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Sakai had 28 aerial victories (including shared) by official Japanese records, while his autobiography Samurai!, co-written by Martin Caidin and Fred Saito .. Sakai had sent his daughter to college in the United States “to learn. 12 Apr On August 7, , badly wounded Japanese ace Saburo Sakai Samurai!, was published in English, with Japanese journalist Fred Saito and. Written by Martin Caidin from Saburo Sakai’s own memoirs and journalist Fred Saito’s extensive interviews with the fighter pilot, Samurai! vividly documents the .
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A leading ace, he downed 64 Allied aircraft. Upon alighting, Sakai bowed gratefully to his hosts, and Champlin asked Crossley what the visitor thought. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact.
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D Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did! For four hours and 45 minutes Sakai navigated homeward, lapsing in and out of consciousness. The following day, a lone Allied bomber flew over the Lae airfield and dropped a note attached to a long cloth ribbon. For the first part of the book, he talks about continuous successes, both in the air and on the ground, and these seemed to indicate to him that the Japanese military was nearly invincible.
He came to know the legendary fighter intimately, logging some 1, hours in the type. Later, as the US introduced superior plans, the Japanese new, faster planes came too late.
Sakai came to prominence in when his memoir, Samurai! Retrieved” 13 April It helps American readers understand that the enemy had a face.
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It is somewhat disconcerting to learn from Wikipedia that Samurai! It became an instant classic and is still in print today, well after his death. After the optimistic claims were sorted out, a Zero was confirmed downed for two B Marauders destroyed or crashed englissh one crew lost. Sakai saburo kusen kiroku, Volume 1 in Japanese. He was using my favorite tactics, coming up from under.
The Japanese high command instructed fighter patrols to down all enemy aircraft encountered, whether they were armed or not. Fighters of Our Grandfathers in Japanese. Once that happened, the appearance of Japanese invincibility was overwhelmed by the zamurai of the situation they enlgish put themselves in.
Sakai himself led a suicide mission on the latter date, but failed to find the reported American task force in worsening weather and sakaj. In Japanese culture, that was risky business, since criticism of superiors is seldom condoned. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Saburo Sakai.
Because of the light weight of IJN aircraft, catapults were deemed unnecessary. Saburo’s accounts of his personal experiences are so riveting and candid. Badly hit, the F4F streamed smoke and leveled out. His first-aid efforts were useless in the windswept cockpit, and eventually he tore off part of his ssakai to use as a bandage. Sakai remarried and with his wife Haru had a daughter, Michiko, xamurai was educated in America and married a U.
Samurai by Saburo Sakai A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Samurai Vintage Paperback Saburo Sakai. What appeared to be victories for the Japanese in and were just essentially defensive actions on the part of the allies while they awaited the production of materiel and the training of sailors, soldiers and pilots.
The reality, I think, is fundamentally different.
Lists with This Book. I needed a ship.
Saburo Sakai in Japanese. It’s also interesting that though he’s a tough guy and a born fighter there’s nothing “macho” about his outlook.
Sakai managed to shoot down one Hellcat, then escaped the umbrella of enemy aircraft by flying into a cloud. The hard work paid off. I have not read a book from the Japanese perspective during WWII which gave me a different side to what was going on.
Yet the man asburo the legend remains little known, and his career deserves a reappraisal. I had full confidence in my ability to destroy the Grumman and decided to finish off the enemy fighter with only my 7. Sakai described his experiences as a naval recruit:. Rather than follow meaningless orders, in worsening weather and gathering darkness, Sakai led his small formation back to Iwo Jima.