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Old 9th December 2017, 20:18
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WWII Missing Navy Airman

Story about Albert Rybarczyk.

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/...navy_airm.html
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Re: WWII Missing Navy Airman

Hello,
I believe this was the TBM-1c from the USS Intrepid, Bu No. 16923.
One of two a/c from VT-18 lost on the 8th September, 1944.

https://abmc.gov/node/473046#.WiyrOi6nz80

https://abmc.gov/node/472883#.Wiyqay6nz80

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Re: WWII Missing Navy Airman

Alex, yes that was the plane. The pilot, John Joseph Savage is still missing. The third crewman was Ora Henry Sharninghouse, Jr who was also just recovered.

https://navy.togetherweserved.com/us...rson&ID=695474

Story about the recovery: https://bentprop.org/tbm-avenger-dis...use-rybarczyk/

For those with fold3 access, the Intrepid War Diary has a description starting here:

https://www.fold3.com/image/287131268
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Re: WWII Missing Navy Airman

Hi Rolland and Alex. Good to see you guys here.

Some additional faces with names, via Findagrave.

LtJG John J. Savage (sadly the contributor used the declared death date rather than actual loss date; edit requested)
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56771460

ARM2 Albert Peter Rybarczyk
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56773928
Another earlier article related to recovery of ARM2 Albert “Bud” Peter Rybarczyk
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/...7e7a01658.html
The important aspect of this article (if not covered previously) is this detail about the pilot. "Natives later reported that the pilot, Lt. John J. Savage, swam to shore but was captured and executed by the Japanese.". As such his remains are likely buried ashore somewhere in an unmarked grave, with little hope of recovery.

AOM2 Ora H Sharninghouse, Jr (As yet no photo found/released of this Naval Aviation Gunner)
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...-sharninghouse

BentProp TBM-1c from the USS Intrepid, Bu No. 16923 discovery video
https://youtu.be/lFgDB1OcEyA
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