Zero fighter pilot Sakai dies.TOKYO, Sept. 26 Kyodo
Saburo Sakai Saburo Sakai 坂井三郎 Sakai Saburō (August 25, 1916 – September 22, 2000) was a Japanese naval aviator and fighter ace ("Gekitsui-O") of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. , a famed ''Zero'' fighter ace
Fighter Ace is a massively multiplayer online computer game in which one flies World War II fighter and bomber planes in combat against other players and virtual pilots. credited with downing 64 U.S. planes during World War II, died last Friday of heart failure at a hospital in Ayase, Kanagawa Prefecture “Kanagawa” redirects here. For other uses, see Kanagawa (disambiguation).
Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県 , his family said Tuesday. He was 84.
Sakai, a lieutenant junior grade in the Imperial Japanese Navy
No other Japanese pilot is said to have downed more Allied airplanes during the war.
Sakai's personal story covering his aerial combat exploits during the war, published in English under the title ''Samurai,'' became a bestseller in the United States.
His funeral will be held at Aoyama Funeral Hall in Tokyo's Minato Ward at 1 p.m. Oct. 14. His wife Haruko will be the chief mourner.