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USS Bennington CV-20
|Pilot Ensign Robert "Bob" T. King (survived)
Gunner AOM3c Grady Alvan York, Jr., 5568232 USN (POW, executed 2-23-45) Jacksonville, FL
Radio ARM3c James "Jim" W. Dye, Jr. (POW, executed 2-25-45) Mount Ephraim, NJ
Crashed February 18, 1945
Fates of the Crew
On February 25, 1945 Dye was executed on the orders of Japanese Navy Captain Shizuo Yoshii. His fiancée, Gloria Nields, had given him a white scarf, which he always wore when flying; it became a souvenir of a Japanese lieutenant. Parts of his dead body were removed and served to high ranking officers as part of the spirit warrior indoctrination. During 1947, Captain Yoshii was tried as a war criminal on Guam, found guilty, hanged and buried in an unmarked grave.
Recovery of Remains
Dye was officially declared dead on February 25, 1945. After his remains were recovered, he was permanently buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section N, grave 1291.
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