August 2017 – In March 2014, Project Recover located the underwater wreck of a TBM Avenger associated with missing servicemen from World War II, including Navy Reserve Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Albert P. Rybarczyk and Navy Reserve Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ora H. Sharninghouse.
The discovery and relevant documentation was shared with the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) so that DPAA could initiate the proper procedures for official identification, recovery, and repatriation of the crew.
On August 16, 2017, DPAA made two individual announcements, sharing that ARM2c Rybarczyk and AOM2c Sharninghouse are now accounted for.
- August 2016 – Albert P. Rybarczyk Accounted for by DPAA
- August 2016 – Ora H Sharninghouse, Jr., Accounted for by DPAA
Sharninghouse and Rybarczyk were members of a Navy Torpedo Squadron Eighteen (VT-18) based on the USS Intrepid in September 1944. On September 8th, 1944, their mission was to soften enemy position by dropping munitions on an ammunition dump. The Avenger glided to a lower position and dropped their load at 1,000 feet. The resulting explosion caused catastrophic damage to their aircraft and it crashed offshore.
Read posts related to Rybarczyk, Sharninghouse and this TBM Avenger crew:
- April 2018 – MIA For 73 Years, Sharninghouse Will Be Buried With Military Honors
- April 2018 – WWII Ordnanceman Sharninghouse Laid To Rest In Hometown
- December 2017 – Albert P. “Bud” Rybarczyk, WWII Radioman, Buried After MIA for 73 Years
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Read posts about other WWII Aircrafts Project Recover has located:
- May 2017 – Two Missing World War II Bombers Documented by Project Recover Off Papua New Guinea
- March 2016 – Project Recover Locates WWII TBM Avenger Aircraft
- March 2015 – PMAN XVII – Project Recover Locates TBM Avenger in Palau
It has been the privilege of the entire Project Recover team to locate these two sailors and give honor to their ultimate sacrifice, as well as the consequent sacrifices felt by the Sharninghouse and Rybarczyk families over the ensuing 73 years.