Two Japanese pilots had higher scores, also based on their own counts.
He was assisted by a few Japanese pilots who decided to stay in the newly born country.
The Japanese pilot had stolen the helicopter so it couldn't be traced to them.
There were no American casualties, but the Japanese pilot died.
The following day, the Japanese pilot received a military funeral at sea.
"And some of the Japanese pilots, two in particular, were very good."
Several other Japanese pilots attacked, including one who apparently tried to ram him.
The Japanese pilot turned with him and fell into position behind him while firing.
The Japanese pilot was turning left, beginning to roll back upright.
Initially, only Japanese pilots and ground crews were also deployed.