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|WWII US Navy Pilot Buried at Sea in his Aircraft|
On November 5, 1944, Deen's squadron participated in a raid on Manila
where his plane was hit multiple
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 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.
|Contributed by Chris Wreck, GMG3 (70-72)|
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