Japan's Pacific War: Personal Accounts of the Emperor's Warriors features interviews by an Australian with Japanese war veterans, so between the national bias of the interviewer and the inherent politeness of the men interviewed, not much time is devoted to less important warfighters like the Americans, the British, and the Chinese. There are some anecdotes of interest to Buffalo fans, however.
"The Hurricanes were very clever," recalls bomber pilot Iwasaki, "as they always dived from a higher altitude and made a frontal attack against us. However, the Buffalo the Austalians flew was not that impressive. Their tactics too appeared to be different. They flew up alongside us at the same altitude, out of range, and then went on ahead and turned towards us to make a head on attack, but they always failed to get directly ahead of us, so had to make a deflection shot, firing at where they expected my aircraft to be, but they always messed it up. It was frightening at first, but after I realized they didn't have the skill to hit us I was less worried when I saw a Buffalo coming for us.
"The Buffalo was not well armed and not very manouevrable. It did however have good armour to protect the pilot. My gunners, though they hit two Buffaloes on that mission, didn't shoot any down. After the enemy surrendered Singapore, we advanced our base to Penang where we found a lot of Brewster Buffaloes abandoned around the airfield and we decided to do tests. We used a 7.7 millimetre machine gun and shot at the armour, finding that the bullet only penetrated at 100 metres range, or less."
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