M ITS U BIS H I A 6 M 2 ‘Zero -Sen ’(Navy Type O Carrier Fighter Model 21) flown by Petty Officer 1st Class S a b u ro S a k a i o f the Tainan K o ku tai (T ain anN a v a lAir Corps ),Imp e rial Ja pane seN a v a lAir Force L a e ,New G u in e a ,July 1942. The blue fuselage band indicates a Shotai (section )leader. A n o u tsta n ding fighter p ilo at,S k a i achieved 60 aerial victories while flying the A 6 M 2 ,before beings eve rely wounded in the auG d al canal campaign and giving up ope rational flying for many months.
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