Ens. Saburo Sakai (1916-2000) One of Japan's leading fighter Aces. He was an enlisted naval aviator; flew the advanced A6M Zero, and saw combat over China, 1938-1941. He took part in the attack on the Philippines, and the first Japanese pilot to shoot down an AAF B17 Flying Fortress. He scored 64 aerial victories, and was the highest scoring Japanese fighter ace to survive the war.