USS Idaho - 63alfred
Burial at sea.  One of reconnaissance pilots that small sea planes catapulted off the back of the ship then recovered by a crane after they landed in the water when they came back.   That is IF they came back.  They would fly over the island during the 2 week bombardment of an island prior to the marines landing to check were the 16 in. shells were actually landing.  Many were lost in these slow moving planes over the islands.  These two caskets are actually empty as the bodies of these pilots were never recovered.

Burial at sea. One of reconnaissance pilots that small sea planes catapulted off the back of the ship then recovered by a crane after they landed in the water when they came back. That is IF they came back. They would fly over the island during the 2 week bombardment of an island prior to the marines landing to check were the 16 in. shells were actually landing. Many were lost in these slow moving planes over the islands. These two caskets are actually empty as the bodies of these pilots were never recovered.