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 year later Sakai was wounded in a Chinese bombing raid and returned to Japan for treatment. Sakai claimed to have never lost a wingman in combat; however, he lost at least two over Iwo Jima. I was surprised to learn about the difficult conditions the Japanese pilots faced even during the early successful stages of the war.

But not so much fun as: In Japanese culture, that was risky business, since criticism of superiors is seldom condoned. In desperation, I snapped out a burst. He was one swburo Japan’s leading aces. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

May 04, Richard Norman rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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.

One of the best book received from father, describes clearly about world conflagration and role of fighter planes during WW2. This furnished the absolute minimum of power and speed, and we hung on the fringe of losing engine power at any time and stalling.

Pages can include limited notes and In other projects Wikimedia Commons. On a patrol with his Zero over Java, just after shooting down an enemy aircraft, Sakai encountered a civilian Dutch Douglas DC-3 flying at low altitude over dense jungle. The Japanese high command instructed fighter patrols to down all enemy aircraft encountered, whether they were armed or not. Last of all, the love story he tells about meeting his wife and surviving the last desperate weeks of the war is truly inspiring.


His squadron mate Hiroyoshi Nishizawa drove him to a surgeon. Martin Caidin copyrighted the English-language version in his name, rather than jointly with Sakai.

Marines landed at Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the southern Solomon Islands, and Rabaul launched an immediate counterattack. Sakai was amazed at the Wildcat’s ruggedness: At once the Grumman snapped away in a roll to the right, clawed around in a tight turn, and ended up in a climb straight at my own plane. In one of the best-documented dogfights of the Pacific War, he jumped into an uneven combat between his wingmen and an F4F-4 Wildcat.

Commander Tadashi Nakajima encountered what was to become a famous double-team maneuver on the part of the enemy. The book has silver page edges, and a ribbon page-marker.

Running low on fuel, Sakai gathered his two wingmen and was preparing to return to Rabaul when he spotted a formation of carrier bombers. Sakai was 11 when his father died, leaving his mother alone to raise seven children.

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”.

Samurai! by Saburo Sakai

Excruciatingly painful wounds, and the stubborn pride of a man who refuses to be defeated. The leaders in this conflict gave us history — but the soldiers gave us stories we would do well never to forget.

This was always one of my favorite books as a younger reader. I mean like on the farm, dirt poor. With his plane in such condition, no wonder the pilot was unable to continue fighting! Feb 20, MMc14 rated it it was amazing.

Saburō Sakai

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. Sakai was the modern incarnation of the Samurai. Trading places with an Army Air Forces colonel at the sakal minute, Johnson missed the Lae combat when his B turned back due to a generator failure.


For four hours and 45 minutes Sakai navigated homeward, lapsing in and out of consciousness.

Sakai saburo kusen kiroku, Volume 1 in Japanese. Later, as the US introduced superior plans, the Japanese new, faster planes came too late. I thought this very odd — it had never happened before — and closed the distance between the two airplanes until I could almost reach out and touch the Grumman.

Personally, I enjoyed Sakai’s insight samutai ‘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. I liked Saburo’s honesty. Sakai had 28 aerial victories including shared by official Japanese records, [1] while englidh autobiography Samurai! Times were difficult for Sakai; finding a job was difficult for him. After the optimistic claims were sorted out, englush Zero was confirmed downed for two B Marauders destroyed or crashed and one crew lost.

Most of those who survived the war were reluctant to talk about it much, and Sakai was the exception.

He ignored his orders and flew ahead of the pilot, signaling him to go ahead. Sakai, born intrying to escape the poverty of his home life enlisted in the Imperial Japanese Navy at the age of Lo de la bala va como en la mitad del libro. In the ensuing air battle, Sakai broke formation, flamed an I and was nearly downed himself. The Japanese were not so strict, and several of this author’s claims were unverified.