Project Recover located three WWII aircraft in Chuuk, formerly Truk Lagoon, the Pacific. The aircraft were lost in Operation Hailstone.
Project Recover welcomes Adam Gray, our newest Project Recover team member. Adam was invited to become a team member on our most recent mission to Palau.
The MIA family of ARM2c Albert “Bud” Rybarczyk, USNR, traveled to Palau to join Project Recover on their most recent mission. Cindy Gray, Bud’s niece, and her son, Adam, flew to Palau in April 2019. They wanted to get as close as possible to where their Uncle Bud flew his final mission. For the family of Bud Rybarczyk, this was another extraordinary event in a series of miraculous unfoldings over the last couple of years. In 2014, Project Recover located his downed TBM Avenger WWII aircraft in the waters off Palau. Rybarczyk crashed after completing a bombing mission on September 8, 1944. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified Rybarczyk’s remains and accounted for him on August 16, 2017. Four …
ARM3c Walter Mintus, WWII Radioman, was buried with military honors 74 years after being declared MIA. Project Recover located his TBM Avenger in 2016.
Navy Aviation Chief Ordnanceman Otis E. Ingram, a WWII gunner, killed in 1944, has been accounted for by the DPAA. ACOM Ingram was a turret gunner aboard a TBM-1c Avenger and a member of the U.S. Navy Torpedo Squadron Fifty One (VT-51). Project Recover located that Avenger in 2016 and turned its findings over to the DPAA. Ingram and his crewmates were on a mission to bomb a Japanese base in Malakal Harbor, Palau. His aircraft took off from the USS San Jacinto on July 27th, 1944, and was in the lead position of four Avengers. According to reports, the aircraft was last seen three to five miles ahead. It was believed to have been spotted on fire in Malakal …
Navy Aviation Radioman 3rd Class Walter E. Mintus, WWII radioman, was accounted for on June 25, 2018, the DPAA announced. His funeral is scheduled for November 10th in his hometown. Mintus was a WWII radioman aboard a TBM-1c Avenger in the U.S. Navy Torpedo Squadron Fifty One (VT-51) based on the USS San Jacinto. Project Recover located the Avenger in 2016 and turned its findings over to the DPAA. Mintus took off from the USS San Jacinto on July 27th, 1944. Their aircraft was in the lead position of four Avengers. Their mission was to bomb the Japanese base at Malakal Harbor. Witnesses last sighted his aircraft 3-5 miles ahead. Later, they saw an object believed to be an airplane …
AOM2c Sharninghouse, WWII ordnanceman, was buried 73 years later. His surviving sister and family, including 15 nieces and nephews, attended the funeral.
AOM2c Ora H. Sharninghouse, Jr., a former WWII MIA, will be buried with military honors in his hometown on April 7th, 2018.
The DPAA held a repatriation ceremony for WWII MIA Avenger and Hellcat Crew Remains Recovered based on discoveries by Project Recover in 2014 and 2016.
Project Recover team members attended the repatriation of Albert P. “Bud” Rybarczhk from Palau, MIA since September 8, 1944.
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