Loyce Edward Deen

Loyce Edward Deen

Sulphur, Murray County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 5 Nov 1944 (aged 23)
At Sea
Cenotaph Altus, Jackson County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Revised 3rd Addition, Section G, Lot 11B.
Memorial ID 59642056 · View Source
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Aviation Machinist's Mate, Second Class, U.S. Navy
Service # 6712310
United States Naval Reserve
Entered the Service from: Oklahoma
Died: 5-Nov-44
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart - Buried at Sea

Served in Torpedo Squadron {VT-15} USS Essex {CV-9}
National Cemetery in Manila

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 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.

See family links at first memorial Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

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  • Created by: Ken Townsend
  • Added: 5 Oct 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 59642056
  • Debra Fuller McGrew
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Loyce Edward Deen (24 Apr 1921–5 Nov 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 59642056, citing Altus Cemetery, Altus, Jackson County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Ken Townsend (contributor 46863733) .