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A soldier picked up the note and delivered to the squadron commander. It read paraphrased: Please pass on our regards and inform them that we will have a warm reception ready for them, next time they fly over our airfield". On 3 August, Sakai's air group was relocated from Lae to the airfield at Rabaul. On 7 August, word arrived that U. Marines had landed that morning on Guadalcanal.
The initial Allied landings captured an airfield, later named Henderson Field by the Allies, that had been under construction by the Japanese. The airfield soon became the focus of months of fighting during the Guadalcanal Campaign , as it enabled U.
The Japanese Zero pilots flying out of Rabaul were initially confounded by the tactic. On 7 August, Sakai and three pilots shot down an F4F Wildcat flown by James "Pug" Southerland , who by the end of the war became an ace with five victories.
Sakai, who did not know Southerland's guns had jammed, recalled the duel in his autobiography: They were soon engaged in a skillfully maneuvered dogfight. Southerland parachuted to safety.
Sakai was amazed at the Wildcat's ruggedness: Adams scored a near miss, sending a bullet through Sakai's canopy, but Sakai quickly gained the upper hand and succeeded in downing Adams.
The dive bombers, with their rear-mounted twin 7. After he attacked with three other A6M2 Zero fighters, he discovered that the aircraft were Grumman TBF Avengers because he clearly distinguished the top turret.
He shot down two of the TBF Avengers his 61st and 62nd victories which were verified by the other three Zero pilots but during this day, no Avengers were reported lost. Sakai sustained serious injuries from the return fire of rear seat gunner.
He was hit in the head by a 7. The Zero rolled inverted and was descending toward the sea.
Unable to see out of his uninjured eye due to blood from the head wound, Sakai's vision started to clear somewhat as tears cleared the blood from his eyes, and he was able to pull his plane out of the dive. He considered ramming an American warship: My death would take several of the enemy with me.
A ship. I needed a ship. Although in agony from his injuries  from a bullet that had passed through his skull and the right side of his brain, leaving the entire left side of his body paralyzed, and was left blind in one eye. When he attempted to land at the airfield he nearly crashed into a line of parked Zeros but, after circling four times, and with the fuel gauge reading empty, he put his Zero down on the runway on his second attempt.
After landing, he insisted on making his mission report to his superior officer before collapsing. His squadron mate Hiroyoshi Nishizawa drove him to a surgeon.
Sakai was evacuated to Japan on 12 August, where he endured a long surgery without anesthesia. The surgery repaired some of the damage to his head, but was unable to restore full vision to his right eye. Nishizawa visited Sakai while he recuperated in the Yokosuka hospital in Japan. After his discharge from the hospital in January , Sakai spent a year training new fighter pilots.
On 24 June , Sakai approached a formation of 15 U. William A. McCormick saw four Hellcats on the Zero's tail but decided not to get involved. Sakai demonstrated his skill and experience. Despite facing superior enemy aircraft, Sakai eluded attacks by the Hellcats, returning to his airfield untouched. Sakai claimed to have never lost a wingman in combat; however, he lost at least two over Iwo Jima. Sakai said as follows: He was engaged by Hellcat fighters near the task force's reported position, and all but one of the Nakajima B6N2 "Jill" torpedo bombers in his flight were shot down.
Sakai managed to shoot down one Hellcat, then escaped the umbrella of enemy aircraft by flying into a cloud. Rather than follow meaningless orders, in worsening weather and gathering darkness, Sakai led his small formation back to Iwo Jima. About the same time, Sakai married his cousin Hatsuyo, who asked him for a dagger so she could kill herself if he fell in battle.
His autobiography, Samurai! Saburo Sakai participated in the IJNAS's last wartime mission, attacking two reconnaissance Consolidated B Dominators on 18 August, which were conducting photo-reconnaissance and testing Japanese compliance with the cease-fire. He initially misidentified the planes as Boeing B Superfortresses.
Both aircraft returned to their base at Yontan Airfield , Okinawa. After the war, Sakai retired from the Navy. He became a Buddhist acolyte - vowing to never again kill anything that lived, not even a mosquito. Likewise, although Japan had been defeated in the Second World War with great loss of life, Sakai serenely accepted this outcome: So I perfectly understand why the Americans bombed Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Times were difficult for Sakai: Sakai sent his daughter to college in the United States "to learn English and democracy. Sakai visited the US and met many of his former adversaries, including Harold "Lew" Jones, the tail-gunner who had wounded him. Following a US Navy formal dinner in at Atsugi Naval Air Station where he had been an honored guest, Sakai died of a heart attack at the age of Claims have been made that his autobiography Samurai! The book was not published in Japan and differs from his biographies there.
Saburo Sakai was survived by his wife Haru, two daughters, and a son. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Samurai Warrior, A New Appraisal. April 5, Japanese Navy Air Force. Retrieved" 13 April Winged Samurai: Saburo Sakai and the Zero Fighter Pilots. Phoenix, Arizona: Hirohitos War The Pacific War, , p.
Sakai holds his tattered and damaged flight helmet from his near fatal mission to Guadalcanal. King, Dan. Oakland, California: Pacific Press, Kodachi, Naoki. Fighters of Our Grandfathers in Japanese. Kodansha Ltd. Overall, though, this book is a reflection of the man's life. And what life reads like a perfect story? Definitely a wonderful supplemental read for anyone interested in the air war over the Pacific -- or the Pacific War as a whole.
It helps American readers understand that the enemy had a face. Jan 11, Jeff Dawson rated it really liked it. Saburo Sakai gives a no-nonsense look behind the curtain of the IJN air corp. For those of us who have studied the training techniques the Japanese used on their trainees, there will be little surprise at the brutality they dished out to new recruits.
No matter how harsh we in the West view these tactics, Saburo constantly goes back to how it saved his life more than once. Is it because the Japanese had the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor or the fact we know how barbaric the IJA treated our prisoners of war? Perhaps it a combination of the two. That aside, it is a good read. Reading his story reminded me of the Calculus II professor I had in college. I came up with at least thirty-seven. Again, unacceptable! Four Stars Sakai kuvaa ilmasotaa raadollisesti.
Hieno kirja, jota ei voi kuin suositella kaikille ilmailusta kiinnostuneille lukijoille! Nov 05, Dave Roberts rated it really liked it. He was one of Japan's leading aces. Later, as the US introduced superior plans, the Japanese new, faster planes came too late. Sakai's heroism and dedication are impressive. Reading this book, I'm impressed that there are skilled, principled, heroic fighters on both side A very interesting biography of a WWII Japanese fighter pilot and his experiences during the war.
Reading this book, I'm impressed that there are skilled, principled, heroic fighters on both sides of a war. It's such a tragedy that their skills are used just to attempt to kill one another. The book provides interesting insight into the psychology of a fighter pilot as well as a small but interesting window into Japanese culture. Dec 22, David B rated it it was amazing.
Saburo Sakai became a hero in his homeland and his account of his place in the Pacific War is even-handed and illuminating. In the early days of the war, victory seems to come relatively easy to him and the other pilots in his fighter group due to their superior training and the excellence of the Mitsubishi Zero fighter.
As the war wears on, however, and the United States becomes more fully engaged on its Western front, the This is the autobiography of Japan's greatest ace pilot to survive WWII. As the war wears on, however, and the United States becomes more fully engaged on its Western front, the tide turns and the situation becomes increasingly desperate for Sakai and his compatriots, until the inevitable crushing defeat. Sakai, along with his co-authors Martin Caidin and Fred Saito, presents exciting accounts of air battles and Sakai's harrowing experience piloting his aircraft back to base after sustaining injuries that should have killed him.
As good as this stuff is, I was glad that the home front wasn't neglected in his narrative. In addition to being a great air warrior, he also lived a wonderful love story with his future wife. Nov 17, Allan Harle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Without a doubt my favourite book about aviation in WW2.
Mar 21, Chris rated it it was ok. A friend loaned this book to me after a discussion about WWII aviation, especially in the Pacific war. I didn't think too much of the book, though I'm prepared to concede at least part of that is cultural, since he's telling the story from a perspective and an upbringing very different from mine. But there were a couple of things that just didn't resonate with me at all. One of them is the simple fact that he is very clearly bragging, and that wouldn't bother me so much if it weren't for the fact that he is constantly pretending to be humble.
The humility rings very false as he tells tales of his constant successes in arial combat, and keeps a running count throughout the book of how many planes he shot down. What's worse, I very much doubt his claims are true.
He claims to have shot down 64 allied airplanes over the course of his career, which is significantly more than any allied pilot, and he is very clearly proud of that number. The problem is, it is almost certainly not true. Allied pilots followed a different and significantly stricter method of confirming claims from arial combat than the Japanese did - in order for allied pilots to receive credit for a claim, it had to be witnessed and corroborated by fellow pilots and to some extent had to be justified in separate allied assessments of the Japanese order of battle.
The Japanese were not so strict, and several of this author's claims were unverified. A larger problem with the story, in my opinion, was that the author seemed to think there was a very specific point where the tide turned against the Japanese, and if they had done a few things differently, they might have prevailed. 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.
And he may even have believed that at the time. It's around halfway through the book where he recognizes that the allied equipment is becoming superior, and the allied pilots, as they gained experience, were becoming far more effective.
To him, it's a sudden change, as if it were caused by a few incidental details, and if everyone had continued to push and succeed the way he had been, they could have prevailed. The reality, I think, is fundamentally different. The Japanese were never going to prevail, and there was nothing they could have done to change that fact. 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.
Once that happened, the appearance of Japanese invincibility was overwhelmed by the reality of the situation they had put themselves in. It was a fight they couldn't possibly win, and there were a few people in Japan, most famously Admiral Yamamoto, who knew that from the very beginning. So the author tells a story with an arc that hinged on key moments, and even as he tells the story in retrospect, he seems surprised at the turning of the tide, the loss of his friends and the ultimate humiliation of their loss.
And I can at least sympathize with people who might have felt that way at the time, in the situation. But with the benefit of hindsight, they should be able to see the futility of what they tried in the first place. And a story told in hindsight should acknowledge that there is no way it could possibly have turned out any differently than it did.
Apr 01, Alfredo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Emocionante, terrible, entretenida, desoladoramente bella, dolorosa, vengativa historia. Lo de la bala va como en la mitad del libro. Sep 19, Jonathan Gillespie rated it really liked it Shelves: Piloting a Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" was hair-raising enough, with its notorious lack of armor and self-sealing fuel tanks, but flying one while bleeding to death, down one eye, and fading in and out of consciousness is the kind of experience Saburo Sakai , legendary Japanese fighter ace, places the reader in through his autobiography and memoir, Samurai!
World War II is one of those conflicts shrouded in rev Piloting a Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" was hair-raising enough, with its notorious lack of armor and self-sealing fuel tanks, but flying one while bleeding to death, down one eye, and fading in and out of consciousness is the kind of experience Saburo Sakai , legendary Japanese fighter ace, places the reader in through his autobiography and memoir, Samurai!
World War II is one of those conflicts shrouded in reverence, and almost mythic levels of regard, where larger-than-life change agents like Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin commanded implacable generals whose very names were given to colorful labels -- like "The Desert Fox" , and "Old Blood and Guts".
In the shadows of these titans were regular servicemen and women , who were often pressed into circumstances far beyond their background or expectation.
The leaders in this conflict gave us history -- but the soldiers gave us stories we would do well never to forget. And Saburo Sakai tells quite a story. Continue reading the review on my website. View all 5 comments.
May 04, Richard Norman rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: For a history buff this book is a must read. Just with in the first few pages you understand the military training that made the Japanese soldier into the type of fighting man he was. The honor code, the beatings until they passed out, and the control of their superiors had made them mindless in the attack, observing every command with exactness. But this is a side note as to the fighter pilot Saburo Sakai who had downed 64 U.
The book is a compi For a history buff this book is a must read. The book is a compilation of firsthand information from interviews with people who were there, but it reads like a novel! Strap on your seat belt as you fly with him in his cockpit and as he survives limping his wounded plain home, hurt so badly losing an eye that he should never have flown again.
Then bristling up, returning to the cockpit and the sky, again taking his Zero against multiple plains at the same time an impossible feat and returning his craft home without a bullet hole in it; it is a journey into WWII Japan, his finding love, and his conquering death by narrow escapes, his misery and degradation after the war and his rising to a position of success in life.
What an adventure! Jun 06, David Bonesteel rated it it was amazing. Jul 15, Al Sumrall rated it it was amazing. Caidin's best. It's written as Saburo Sakai's auto-biography but Caiden adds quite a bit in a subtle manner so you get the impression it's all Sakai. There are times when Sakai's claims and memory seem suspect, just a little too detailed, but when you consider it is written from his perspective only, filtered through an interpreter, Fred Saito, and then written by a talented writer with extensive historical aviation knowledge, Great semi-auto-biography of WWII Japanese fighter ace Saburo Sakai.
There are times when Sakai's claims and memory seem suspect, just a little too detailed, but when you consider it is written from his perspective only, filtered through an interpreter, Fred Saito, and then written by a talented writer with extensive historical aviation knowledge, you can accept this book at face value for what it is, the perceptions of a young fighter pilot in the fog of war yet written by a talented author.
Combat claims on both sides were in good faith over claimed in all honesty and eyebrows might raise here and there, but you won't find yourself running to the history shelf or wikipedia as the book is written on a very solid foundation. It is a must read for any historian of the era, and it is quite fascinating, it is one you don't put down until you are through.
This is a nail-biting account of the aerial war in the Pacific theater as seen through the eyes of Saburo Sakai, the most redoubtable Japanese ace to survive WWII. Kudos to ghostwriter Martin Caidin, an aeronautics buff and deft pilot himself, who put together a gripping story based on long conversations with the fighter pilot, backed up by Sakai's meticulously kept diaries.
It is the contrast between the narrator's very Japanese sounding stoicism and the utterly hair-raising events that kept me This is a nail-biting account of the aerial war in the Pacific theater as seen through the eyes of Saburo Sakai, the most redoubtable Japanese ace to survive WWII. It is the contrast between the narrator's very Japanese sounding stoicism and the utterly hair-raising events that kept me glued to these pages.
It is somewhat disconcerting to learn from Wikipedia that Samurai! However, the key epics - wounded Sakai's escape from Guadalcanal, the Iwo Jima brawl with fifteen Hellcats, and a botched suicide mission late in the war - seem to be an indisputable part of the official biography.
The book concludes with Japan's surrender and the end of Sakai's military career. Amazingly, he went on to live to the blessed age of An incredible book. One feels both the deep dedication of Sakai to the Samurai spirit and to his sense of duty, as well as his keen awareness of the folly of the war.
After reading this book, I felt more like Sakai was that vet living down the street who had shared some of his experiences with me, someone I had known and who had died, not a remote and indistinct figure I had An incredible book. After reading this book, I felt more like Sakai was that vet living down the street who had shared some of his experiences with me, someone I had known and who had died, not a remote and indistinct figure I had read about in a book.
Martin Caidin had already established his reputation as an aviation historian by the time he wrote this book. He could easily have chosen some other aviation topic to write about.
Instead, he preferred to tell the tale of a former enemy pilot. In doing so, he has made a significant contribution to aviation history. Jan 22, Keisha rated it really liked it. Very well written and engaging text that immerses the reader in the perspective of one of WWII Japan's leading ace pilots, Saburo Sakai.
Unlike many similar books, it isn't solid statistics and battles and reads as very genuine.
Personally, I enjoyed Sakai's insight on 'kamikaze' pilots and think that every WWII buff should be obligated to read texts that humanize foreign soldiers and their struggles- a very important part of the WWII narrative.
Jul 31, Zoe Sullivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was super interesting seeing WWII from the Japanese perspective and has piqued my interest in the rest of the war that we were not taught about during class. This is also a great book for the bus because for the most part its easy to pick up and put down. Overall homygodawesome!
Loved it! You should give it a shot even if you are typically not into the historical stuff: D Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did! Aug 29, Paul Naughton rated it it was amazing. There's something just undeniably engrossing about the story, and it's refreshing to here the story of the Second World War from the other side.