On Nov. 5, 1944, 23-year-old Loyce Edward Deen, USNR Aviation Machinist Mate (Gunner) 2nd Class, was killed by anti-aircraft fire during the Battle of Manila Bay. After a 2-hour flight, the TBF Avenger Aircraft of Torpedo Squadron VT-15, Air Group 15, landed safely aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Essex CV-9. The sailor’s body was in such bad condition it couldn’t be removed, and the aircraft was pushed over the side for burial at sea. That heartbreaking sequence of events is captured in this poignant 2-minute video.
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