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Saburo Sakai
Japanese A6M2 Zero Pilot

In memory - Saburo Sakai passed away September 22, 2000

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Sakai in flight gear in China Sakai signature and slogan
"Never Give Up"
Sakai being interviewed in 1976
via Ôzora no samurai (Zero Pilot)
Sakai in the 1990's

Confirmed Aerial Victories
F4F Wildcat 5192 pilot Southerland shot down August 7, 1942

Saburo Sakai Goggles and Helmet
Click For EnlargementThe flight gogles and flying helmet worn by Sakai on August 7, 1942 are displayed at the Nimitz Museum. On that mission he was wounded in his eye when bullets three SBDs he attacked from the rear hit his plane. Wounded and flying a damaged fighter, he flew all the way back to Rabaul alone and landed safely. Also displayed is a silver belt buckle with a tiger given to Sakai as a good luck gift. When he passed away, he donated these items to the museum.

Memorials
Sakai passed away September 22, 2000. He is buried at Sagami Memorial Park in Kamakura, Japan at section C, row 25

Books about Saburo Sakai
Ôzora no samurai - Saburo Sakai's autobiography (Japanese language only)
Ôzora no samurai (movie) 1976 Japanese movie based on Sakai's wartime service
Samurai! with Martin Caiden English abridge version of his autobiography Wildcat Over Guadalcanal | Lae Aerodrome April 5, 1942
Winged Samurai by Henry Sakaida, covers both Allied and Sakai side of air combats
Imperial Japanese Naval Aces 1937-45 Profiles Sakai's aerial victories
Aces of the Rising Sun 1937-45 Compilation of Osprey IJN and JAAF books, profiles Sakai
Pacific Ghosts CD-ROM Discovery of F4F Wildcat Sakai shot down August 7, 1942
The Samurai Illustrated Story of the Greatest Zero Pilot Paintings by Masahiro Mino
Eagles of the Southern Sky mentions Sakai

References
AP "Japanese WWII Pilot Defends Military" August 10, 2000
Interview with Saburo Sakai for the game e Combat Flight Simulator 2
FindAGrave - Saburo Sakai

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