Actually, it was a Ki-43 "Oscar" that the Wirraway shot down, but this was only confirmed post-war. But, the premise is the same, a lot was sacrificed to achieve maneuverability & range in the early Japanese aircraft(Navy & Army). That is not just "Rookie" pilots, but any pilot. Famed Japanese ace, Saburo Sakai, led his flight of Zeroes to ambush what he took to be a flight of F4Fs from the rear. However, they were SBDs, and a rear gunner put a .30 caliber round into Sakai's skull, causing the loss of one of Sakai's eyeballs. Another Japanese ace, who's name I forget, engaged a newly operational F6F. The Japanese pilot thought it was a F4F, and engaged in the same tactics. The F6F shot the Japanese ace down at the top of a loop. The F4F would have stalled out, but the F6F had plenty of power to stay with the Zero. The Japanese Ace thought he had an easy kill, and paid for his mistake with his life.