“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
An example of wishful thinking..
On Friday 12th Dec a G3M Nell (as depicted above) force landed near Batangas after suffering combat damage - the crew were captured. Upon being released by the Japanese Army they were stripped of their rank for allowing themselves to be captured. This Nell is accepted as the victim of Jesus Villamor, CO of the 6th Pursuit squadron who had lead 7 P26's into action that day. After this initial action Zeros mauled the P26's with 3 shot down and 2 badly damaged. The Nell was rapidly becoming obsolete even at the start of the war.This is courtesy of the book "Bloody Shambles Volume 1".