Saburō Sakai

PO2/c Sakai in the cockpit of a [[Mitsubishi A5M]] Type 96 fighter (Hankow airfield, China in 1939) Sub-Lieutenant 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, claims 64 aerial victories. Such discrepancies are common, and pilots' official scores are often lower than those claimed by the pilots themselves, due to difficulties in providing appropriate witnesses or verifying wreckage, and variations in military reports due to loss or destruction. Provided by Wikipedia
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Published in 2009
doi: 10.2204/iodp.proc.307.203.2009
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