Calligraphy Signed by WWII Japanese Ace Saburo Sakai
Item #: WR920
This is a hand written calligraphy written and signed by WWII Japanese ace Saburo Sakai. It is written on paper and mounted in a single mat frame. In Japanese it reads "FUTOFUKUTSU". The first two characters mean "Do not bend", the last two mean "Do not give in". Loosely translated it means "Never give up!" Saburo's signature is to the left of the saying, along with two other characters I do not know. The calligraphy measures 7 1/2" wide and 9 1/2" high, the frame is 11 1/8" wide and 14 1/4" high. On the reverse of the frame is a typed description of the calligraphy that was written and signed by Michiko Sakai Smart, daughter of Saburo Sakai's. Saburo Sakai was born in Saga, Japan into a family with Samurai ancestry. He joined the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1933 at the age of 16. In 1937 he graduated fist in his class as a carrier pilot, and was presented a silver watch by Emperor Showa. Although he was trained as a carrier pilot, Sakai fly land based aircraft his entire carrier. He flew land based fighters with several different squadrons from different islands during the war. He is credited with 64 aerial victories, including shooting down the first B-17 the Americans lost during the war. While engaged with aircraft from the carrier Enterprise over Guadalcanal, Petty Officer First Class Sakai was severely wounded. His aircraft was hit by machine fire from the rear gunner of a Dauntless dive bomber. His canopy was partially blown away, and Sakai received a head wound. Although blind in one eye and partially paralyzed on his left side, he managed to make the nearly five hour flight back to his base in Rabaul. Saburo Sakai would survive the war, and died of a heart attack on 22 September, 2000 at the age of 84. Here is an opportunity to pick up a piece signed by one of Japan's leading aces of WWII, at a price that won't break the bank.
Your Price $450.00 USD
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