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Old 14 March 2017, 01:40
wildman43 wildman43 is offline
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Exclamation Aviator was buried in his aircraft at Sea

Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, USNR, was a gunner on a TBM Avenger. On November 5, 1944, Deen's squadron participated in a raid on Manila where his plane was hit multiple times by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser. Deen was killed. The Avenger's pilot, Lt Robert Cosgrove, managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex. Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in it. It is believed to be the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. Military history) that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action. Click below to watch the burial ceremony.

http://loyceedeen.webstarts.com/uploads/GoingHome.mp4
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