two questions: 1) the saburo sakai account said that in three air engagements, IJ's zero fighter force was cut from 80 to 40, then to 20, and last to 9. what were the comparative american losses here? the american fighters were mostly hellcats. 2) sakai's account during the first battle included a solo engagement with as many as 14 hellcats. he managed to escape the faster planes without a hit on his plane. according to him, the crew on the ground witnessed his performance, and was waiting for him to fly over Iwo to allow the AA gunners to shoot at the pursuing hellcats. that's what happened eventually. was there an american account corroborating sakai's story?