September 1, 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.
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.
Read more about the find:
You can read more about the actual find in the team’s 2014 progress reports.
- P-MANXVI – Mission 16 – Report 12 – March 24, 2014
- P-MANXVI – Mission 16 – Report 13 – March 25, 2014
- P-MANXVI – Mission 16 – Report 20 – March 31, 2014
In December, 2017
The DPAA reported that Navy Reserve Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Albert P. Rybarczyk, 21, of St. Joseph, Michigan, was being returned for burial. BentProp was privileged to attend the funeral.
Both servicemen were identified by the DPAA and the Armed Forces. The Medical Examiner System identified Sharninghouse’s remains using DNA analysis, anthropological analysis, and historical evidence.
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.
BentProp is privileged and honored to have helped repatriate these servicemen who gave their lives in service.
On March 27, 2018
The Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of Navy Reserve Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ora H. Sharninghouse, Jr, was being returned to his family in McComb, OH, for burial in April. The BentProp Project is honored to be invited to the funeral.
- DPAA Shaninghouse Funeral Announcement
- MIA For 73 Years, Sharninghouse Will Be Buried With Military Honors
- AOM2c Sharninghouse Funeral (coming)