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07-13-2004, 01:06 PM
Will this be or not be added into game.

07-13-2004, 01:06 PM
Will this be or not be added into game.

07-13-2004, 02:23 PM
Dpn't know... hope so. The Mighty Mighty Hudson almost took out Saburo Sakai in a dogfight. (for real - be sure!) I sure would like to try and re-enact that scrap. Think of the bragging rights.

07-14-2004, 05:33 AM
Well, if the Zeros ar as fragile as we are led to believe I think you could do it with a Storch....




07-14-2004, 09:21 AM
Here is the acount I've been refering to...

From The Ace Factor by Mike Spick page 120..

"On Luly 22, 1942 a lone Hudson of the Royal Australian Air Force bombed the Japanese base at Buna, in New Guinea. It was pursued by no less than six Zeros, with top scoring ace Nishizawa (87), Sakai (61), Sasai (27) among the pilots. Sakai takes up the story..."From a distance of 600 yards and to the rear left, I fired a burst from all four guns at the plane, hoping the Hudson would turn and allow me to lessen the distance between our planes. What happened next was startling. No sooner had I fired than the Hudson went up in a steep climbing turn to the right, rolled quickly and roared back with full speed directly at me. I was so surprised for several moments that I sat motionless in the cockpit The next second every forward firing gun in the Hudson opened up with a whithering barage. [For this moment Sakai had lost control of the situation and had the Hudson firing been as good as his flying well might have lost his life.]
"Our Zeros scattered wildly, rolling and diving in different directions. Nothing like this had ever happened before. I caught a glimpse of Sasai his jaw hung open in astonishment at the audacity of the enemey pilot. One Zero piloted by Nishizawa, who refused to be impressed by anything rolled out of his sudden breakaway and came down behhind the bomber, his guns spitting flame."
"Again we were astounded, The Hudson heeled over in a snap roll, the fastest I had ever seen for a twin engined plane. Nishizawa's guns sprayed only empty air.... for nearly ten minutes we pursued the Hudson, pouring a hail of lead and explosive shells at this amazing plane. Finally a heavy burst caught the rear turret." The bomber crashed into the jungle.

Wow! Too bad a pilot (crew) that good deserves a better fate than that.

07-16-2004, 01:08 AM
That Hudson was flown by Pilot Officer Warren Cowan and his crew, Pilot Officer D.R Taylor and Sergeants R.B. Polack and L.E. Sheard.

A transcript of a TV show about the incident, and Mr Sakai's subsequent (and sadly denied) appeal to the Australian Government for posthumous award to Mr Cowan of Australia's highest military award for bravery.


[This message was edited by Bluedog72 on Fri July 16 2004 at 12:26 AM.]

07-16-2004, 02:48 AM
Wow. A great story. Shame the government wouldn't grant Cowan the award. What surprised me the most was that the RSL agreed with the decision. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Kermit the Frog is actually a south paw.

07-16-2004, 03:11 AM
Saburo Sakai earns massive respect in my book. I've never before heard of a soldier/pilot/etc going to a foreign government and saying "you should decorate such-and-such a soldier; I fought him and he was ferocious and brave." Talk about respect for one's opponents.


[This message was edited by Mitlov47 on Fri July 16 2004 at 02:21 AM.]

07-16-2004, 04:29 AM
Me too Mitlov.
Despite my comments about the Impeial Japanese forces in another thread, Mr Sakai's actions can only be called outstanding and honourable.
From what I have read, he was an extraordinary man, most worthy of respect.

07-16-2004, 02:24 PM
Another good story about Saburo Sakai:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Several years ago, a former Dutch military nurse -- now a retired woman in her 70's -- contacted the Japanese Red Cross (or some similar charitable organization), attempting to locate a Japanese fighter pilot who spared her life somewhere over Java (New Guinea?) one day in 1942. According to her account of the event, she was flying in a Dutch military DC-3 (C-47) air ambulance at low altitude over dense jungle. On board were wounded soldiers and several children who were being evacuated from a combat area. Suddenly, a Japanese "Zero" fighter appeared alongside the plane. The nurse could see the Japanese pilot's facial features clearly. She and some of the children (!) stood by the tiny cabin and cockpit windows of the DC-3 and began frantically trying to wave him off. It is not hard to imagination the panic they must have experienced while pantomiming as if their lives depended on it (and they DID!).

After a few eternal moments of what must have been sheer terror for the desperately pantomiming passengers, the "Zero" gave a quick, acknowledging wing wobble before peeling off and disappearing from sight. The cockpit and cabin of the DC-3 were filled with cheers and sobs of relief.

For fifty-odd years, the Dutch nurse had wanted to meet with the Japanese pilot who spared her life, as well as the lives of the wounded soldiers and children that day. With a stroke of sheer luck, the Japanese Red Cross was able to locate the pilot of the Zero plane, and it was none other than Saburo Sakai...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's nice to know that even in a war filled with unspeakable atrocities, there were still some genuinely good men. Not just effective warriors, but good human beings.


07-17-2004, 12:18 AM

Please continue to push for the great aircraft.

If you do not - we simply will never get it!

07-17-2004, 04:52 AM
Dropping hints when I can.
Was thinking of those down under when I posted this.

07-17-2004, 01:56 PM
Two great unsung twins:

Hudson and Ventura....