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i200th_Sakagawa
02-02-2008, 10:20 AM
If you haven seen this documental program here is the link to 1st part. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1BluurjL9k


SALUT

On August 7, 1942, Sakai scored one of the best documented kills of WWII against an F4F Wildcat flown by James "Pug" Southerland (5 kills). Sakai, who did not know Southerland's guns weren't working, describes the beginning of the duel in his autobiography:

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In desperation, I snapped out a burst. 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.

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Never before had I seen an enemy plane move so quickly or gracefully before, and every second
his guns were moving closer to the belly of my fighter. I snap-rolled in an effort to throw him off. He would not be shaken. He was using my favorite tactics, coming up from under.

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The two were soon engaged in one of the most heroic and legendary dogfights in aviation history. After an extended battle in which both pilots gained and lost the upper hand, Sakai shot down Southerland's Wildcat, striking it below the left wing root with his 20 mm cannon. Southerland parachuted to safety.


Sakai described the Wildcat's ability for absorbing damage:

" I had full confidence in my ability to destroy the Grumman and decided to finish off the enemy fighter with only my 7.7 mm machine guns. I turned the 20 mm. cannon switch to the 'off' position, and closed in. For some strange reason, even after I had poured about

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five or six hundred rounds of ammunition directly into the Grumman, the airplane did not fall, but kept on flying. 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. To my surprise, the Grumman's rudder and tail were torn to shreds, looking like an old torn piece of rag.

With his plane in such condition, no wonder the pilot was unable to continue fighting! A Zero which had taken that many bullets would have been a ball of fire by now.

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During the air group's first missions of the battle of Guadalcanal, Sakai was seriously wounded in combat with Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bombers from USS Enterprise's Bombing Squadron Six (VB-6). Mistaking SBD Dauntless dive bombers, with their rear gunners, for American F4F fighters, near Tulagi Sakai attacked an SBD flown by Ensign Robert C. Shaw.

Sakai fired 232 rounds at the SBD but with its armor, self-sealing fuel tanks and twin machine guns in the rear cockpit, the dive bomber proved a tough adversary. A blast from the SBD rear gunner, Harold L. Jones, shattered and blew away the canopy of Sakai's Zero.

Sakai sustained grievous injuries from the return fire; he was struck in the head by a .30 caliber bullet, blinding him in the right eye. The Zero rolled over and headed upside down toward the sea. Unable to see out of his remaining good eye due to blood flowing 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 steep seaward dive. He considered crashing into one of the American warships: "If I must die, at least I could go out as a Samurai. My death would take several of the enemy with me. A ship. I needed a ship." Finally the cold air blasting into the cockpit revived him enough to

check his instruments, and he decided that by using a lean fuel mixture he might be able to make it back to the airfield at Rabaul.

AFTER WORDS

Finally made these two the most famous planes of Pacific War.Saburo Sakai's A6M2-11 V-128 and James "Pug" Southerland F4F-4 black F12.

+ two more fictional skins for Tainan Zeros
+ one fictional F4F-4 black F19

NOW IM ABLE TO SHARE ALL THIS STUFF AT Flying-legends BUT ALL OF THE SKINS ARE MADE ON FANTASTIC RONNCO'S WORK AND FIRSTLY I NEED YOUR PERMISSION RONNCO TO SHARE IT.

Kind Regards C/O *200th_Sakagawa

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Tater-SW-
02-02-2008, 11:50 AM
Nicely done.

Crash_Moses
02-02-2008, 12:14 PM
Yes, very nice.

I prefer this one though. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Dogfights: Long Odds - "Swede" Vejtasa - Part 1 of 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEnDjwXnj3Y&mode=related&search=)

Dogfights: Long Odds - "Swede" Vejtasa - Part 2 of 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1NTUzj7cGw&mode=related&search=)

Tater-SW-
02-02-2008, 05:11 PM
I should add, we really need piles of skins for the Slot. Not just a couple planes, but whole squadrons on both sides. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

tater

ea4rj
02-03-2008, 06:46 AM
Nice, nice, very nice story!

Greetings..

badaboom.1
02-03-2008, 06:53 AM
Very nice shots i200th Sakagawa,have you seen Touchy's version?A Masterpiece,check it out!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pglPZXIRCjI

i200th_Sakagawa
02-03-2008, 08:53 AM
Yes m8 saw it.

+ i'll propably do some bonuses to this stuff.All in progress,be patient