Naylon, Maurice Lawrence, Jr., ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
Service Years
1943 - 1945

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Buffalo, NY

Casualty Date
Jan 15, 1945
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 11, Grave 86

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  1945, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry

 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
VF-31 The MeataxesUSS Cabot (CVL-28)
  1944-1944, 131X, VF-31 The Meataxes
  1944-1944, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Ens. Maurice Naylon served with VMF-31 aboard the fast carrier, USS Cabot (CVL-28) in the Pacific. 

During a raid on Luzon, he was shot down aboard his F6F Hellcat and crash landed near Clark Field on 21 September 1944. He was rescued by Filipino guerrillas behind Japanese lines and returned to American forces on Leyte, Philippines.

He died in a plane crash on 15 January 1945 while he was on his way home. He was a passenger aboard a Navy R4D-5 (BU #: 17234) from  the Navy Air Transport Service, Squadron 13, (VR-13) on a regular evacuation between Leyte and the Admiralty Islands that was struck at the end of the runway at the Navy Station Tacloban Field, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on Monday 15 January 45, killing all 16 passengers and 5 crewmen aboard the Navy R4D-5.   The aircraft that hit it was a USAAF Stinson L-5 (42-99165) which was a small, single-engine, observation/liaison aircraft., causing the larger aircraft to crash killing all on board.
The aircraft was struck mid-air by an Army Air Force liaison plane, a "Stinson" L-5 (tail number 42-99165), over the end of the runway.

The R4D-5 was an air evacuation aircraft. 

Those lost:
Lt. Bridwell J. McKnight (pilot)
Lt. Donald W. Huegel (co-pilot)
Lt. George A. Danner (navigator)
Sp(V)3c James R. Reynolds (orderly)
ARM1c Hugh G. Ballantyne (radio man)

Lt Com. C.H. Mattson
Lt. Com. G.W. Pease
Lt. E.J. Detmer
Lt. Winfield V. Scott, Jr  S(A)
Ens. M.L. Naylon
Ens. N.J. Roccaforte
RhM1c G.M. Pangalos
SK1c F. Hold
PhM2c A.D. Nonsley
PhM2c O.F. Blizzard
PhM2c J.B. Hayden
PhM3c H.E. Dickinson
PhM3c J.C. Raines
PhM3c W.E. Seeling
PhM3c S.D. Stroul
ARM3c M.M. King

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