Voce chutou B-24, mas o B-24 não era um "B-24", era um B-24 híbrido do programa ""B-24 Weight Reduction Program", portando errou.
A idéia era reduzir o peso do B-24 que tinha um teto operacional menor que o B-17, melhorar a disposição interna e visibilidade. No final a "mistura" resultou num avião mais pesado e de pior desempenho.
MaGoid, parece que o Caidin's era fantasioso:
http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/books ... ion-2.html
"My subsequent indepth research into Sakai's records confirmed the inaccuracy of Samurai, which was written by Martin Caidin through notes via Fred Saito, who had interviewed Sakai. A case in point: According to Samurai, Sakai took up a Zero on the eve of the surrender and shot down a B-29 at night. When I first queried him about this, I was surprised to hear from Sakai that this episode never took place! He was just as surprised about this myth as I was!
"It might surprise the reader to learn that, despite the millions of copies of Samurai being sold since its publication in 1957, Sakai has never received a penny in royalties due to him."
No livro O Samurai Caidin's conta que Sakai foi atigindo em Guadalcanal ao atacar TBF Avengers, quando na realidade eram SBD Dauntless.
Mas Caidin's foi um bom novelista: