TORA TORA TORA!
c/n 2266, PO1c Shigenori Nishikaichi, Hiryū Fighter Squadron, second attack wave
Hiryū sent nine Zeros under the command of Lt. Sumio
Nōno. His pilots attacked Kaneohe and Bellows bases,
claiming two destroyed aircraft and one car. Zero of
PO1c Nishikaichi was running low on fuel and he was
looking for a rescue submarine off Niihau Island without success. After belly landing he was captured by
a Hawaiian native who took his papers and weapon. The
pilot persuaded several residents of Japanese descent
to cooperate and managed to get free. He dismantled
machine gun from the aircraft, set the machine on fire
and threatened to kill the natives to force the return of
the secret documents. During the December 13, he and
a helper captured Mr. Benjamin Kanahele and his wife.
A scuffle ensued during which Kanahele was shot three
times by the pilot, but became so enraged that he killed
him against a wall. The pilot's helper, Mr. Harada, committed suicide. It is known as the Niihau Incident. Mr.
Kanahele received the Purple Heart and the Medal of
Merit from the President of the United States. Nishikaichi, whose fate was unknown to the Japanese side, was
posthumously promoted two grades. Parts of Zero are
on display at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
On the engine cover there was a service plate with the
name of the mechanic PO3c Akimoto painted.
built by Paolo Portuesi
Cat. No. 11155
INFO Eduard - January 2022