Why did Japanese kamikazi pilots wear helmets?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    To help ensure they reached their intended target. They also had other planes escorting the day's kamikazi to ensure they actually flew their planes into the US war ships. If they chickened out, they'd be shot down by their own escorts.

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  • 1 decade ago

    My guess is probably two reasons. Eventually, they were going to be breaking radio silence and if their helmets had the speakers so that they could hear the radio they would need to put their helmets on anyway. The other reason is it was part of their uniform and the Japanese are very big on tradition, so it makes sence that they would wear regular flight uniform for such an important mission. I'm sure they also went through some additional preperations, since they knew they might not return from their mission.

  • 4 years ago

    Their "helmets" have been made out of leather-based and canvas, and had the radio audio gadget over the ears. They provided protection to the pilots to insure that they might make it to their goals. in the event that they have been no longer able to get to their objective area, they have been pronounced to return to base, so they and the planes could want for use back to objective at a greater time. have you ever seen those helmets? They have been extremely cool! What could be the factor in being a kamikaze pilot in case you could desire to no longer placed on the helmet? have self belief it or no longer, some Kamikaze pilots survived the conflict. Why? Many did no longer make it to their objective and aborted their flights simply by plane mechanical mess united statesand different issues.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes they did. all pilots are required to wear helmets. Even the kamikazi

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  • Beamer
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    1 decade ago

    During WWII, the headgear worn by pilots were leather, and intended for protection against the cold of high altitude , they were not helmets for protection.

    and to deflect road crossing chickens.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Your question means they didn't need to wear the helmets because they were going to kill themselves anyway?

    They wore helmets because they were on mission, I think.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They wanted to look the part. It was all part of the uniform like when the Captain of the Titanic went down with the ship he had his hat on.

  • 1 decade ago

    To protect their heads while crashing into the ships. Why did they wear any clothes either? They were going to die anyway.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Image is everything. How embarrassing to die in an improper uniform. Just plain tacky, wouldn't you say?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They were leather helmets... they weren't going to protect them either way...

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