What percentage of Japanese Kamikaze pilots hit their target during World War II?

USS Bunker Hill was hit by kamikazes piloted by Ensign Kiyoshi Ogawa (photo above) and Lieutenant Junior Grade Seizō Yasunori on 11 May 1945.

USS Bunker Hill was hit by kamikazes piloted by Ensign Kiyoshi Ogawa (photo above) and Lieutenant Junior Grade Seizō Yasunori on 11 May 1945.

Answer: Somewhere between 11% - 20%

Most Japanese Kamikaze pilots died in vain. In fact, estimates claim that only 11% (lowest estimate) - 20% (highest estimate) of the pilots were successful in carrying out the relatively new strategy at that time. The first time the Japanese introduced this strategy was on October 25, 1944 during the second Battle of Leyte Gulf, and when all was said and done a little over 1300 Japanese planes crash-dived their planes into Allied warships during the war. Looked at another way this means out of 10 planes, at a maximum, only 2 hit their target. 

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