Ever find yourself deep in thought about the Kamikaze pilots? Yeah, you heard me right. They were the infamous World War II Japanese pilots who willingly hopped into planes packed with explosives and flew them straight into enemy targets.

History tells us it was about honor, duty, and a deep love for their country. But who were these men behind the Kamikazes? How does one get up in the morning, put on their flight gear and decide, ‘Yep, today’s the day I’m flying into a warship’?

We’re about to take a deep dive into their world, peel back the layers, and figure out what made these Kamikaze pilots tick. It might be a bumpy ride, but who doesn’t love a bit of adventure?

The Names and Faces Behind the Kamikaze Pilots

Behind the bravery and undying loyalty to Japan were regular young men with high aspirations. Through their backstories, we learn more about how one brings oneself to become a Kamikaze pilot.