Funeral at Sea -- in an Avenger!

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A moving movie clip from WW II

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.


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