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.

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You can read more about the actual find in the team’s 2014 progress reports.

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Updates:

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.

 

 

Comments (16)

  • Judy - 12 months ago

    Keep up the outstanding work you all do…

    Best,
    Judy from Middletown, DE

    • Derek Abbey - 5 months ago

      Thank you Judy.

  • James Robinson - 12 months ago

    Thank you for the hard work, expense, dedication, and commitment in finding our lost heroes. May they rest in peace and may we honor them always.

    • Derek Abbey - 5 months ago

      Thank you for the comment James.

  • 1SG James Parker - 12 months ago

    I render respect for these two fallen comrades from my father’s generation; WW2.

    • Derek Abbey - 5 months ago

      Thank you 1SG Parker!

  • Carmine - 12 months ago

    Nice job again.

    • Derek Abbey - 5 months ago

      Thank you Carmine

  • ElAine Menter Katzman - 12 months ago

    Congratulations!
    We are still waiting for news of your finding our brother Lt Marvin Menter, MIA as of February 7 or 8, 1945 In the South China Sea.

    • Derek Abbey - 5 months ago

      Thank you Elaine. The work continues.

  • Lewis Smith - 11 months ago

    Congratulations to the many hours of hard work. I was in the 307th Bomb Grp. 13th Air Force during World War IIas a Nosegunner on a B-24 and made missions to the the Islands being searched.

    • Derek Abbey - 5 months ago

      Thank you for all that you have done Lewis.

  • Deborah Armagost - 11 months ago

    This has helped bring closure to a long open wound in our family. Ora Sharninghouse was my Uncle and was so missed by my grandmother. This would have meant the world to her. Thank you to everyone single person who helped make his recovery possible!!! We are truly grateful!!

    • Dan O'Brien - 10 months ago

      Hello Deborah, we at Project Recover are truly honored to help make this repatriation of your Uncle Ora happen.
      We will contact you via your email to share additional information with you and your family.
      Respectfully & Blue Skies.

  • Jill - 8 months ago

    May God bless you for your work.