Why did Japanese Kamikaze pilots wear helmets when they were going to die by committing suicide?

You’re working under the modern assumption that helmets were worn by Japanese Kamikaze pilots to prevent death and injury.

But helmets wouldn’t do much in a plane crash, anyway.

They were there for warmth, to hold the two-way radio for communication, and to protect your head from minor bangs that can occur from a sudden motion of the aircraft.

You know, like the moment when you decide to go into a suicide dive toward an aircraft carrier.

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