Project Recover Discovers Stern of World War II U.S. Destroyer off Remote Alaskan Island in NOAA-supported Mission

August 15, 2018 – Project Recover Discovers Stern of World War II U.S. Destroyer off Remote Alaskan Island in NOAA-supported Mission. Researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of Delaware collaborate on find For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark surface of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion […]

Project Recover Team Participates in NOAA Expedition to Kiska, Alaska

July 20, 2018 – The Project Recover team is participating in joint project with NOAA exploring the waters of a nearly untouched WWII underwater battle field. The Aleutian campaign was the sole World War II campaign fought on North American soil, and Kiska Island, along with Attu Island to the west, are the only United States territories occupied by foreign forces in the last 200 years. Kiska remains one of the […]

Missing World War II B-24 Bomber Discovered By Project Recover In Hansa Bay Off Papua New Guinea

May 22, 2018 – A B-24 D-1 bomber associated with 11 American servicemen missing in action from World War II was recently found and documented in Hansa Bay off Papua New Guinea by Project Recover—a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists and volunteers who have combined efforts to locate aircraft associated with MIAs from WWII. The crew of “Heaven Can Wait” was part of the 320th squadron of the “Jolly […]

MIA Lt. William Q. Punnell located by Project Recover to be buried May 2

April 27, 2018 – MIA Lt. William Q. Punnell located by Project Recover to be buried May 2   On May 2, 2018 Navy Reserve Lt. William Q. Punnell, 27, of Flandreau, South Dakota will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.    On July 25, 1944 four divisions (16 aircraft) of F6F-3 Hellcat fighters led by Lt. Punnell, took off from the USS Wasp aircraft carrier […]

Funeral Held for WWII MIA Sharninghouse Located by Project Recover

April 11, 2017 – Members of the Project Recover Team including Pat Scannon, Mark Moline, and Eric Terrill traveled to Findlay, Ohio, to attend the funeral of Navy Reserve Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ora H. Sharninghouse. Sharninghouse, considered MIA more than 70 years ago, was laid to rest on April 7, 2018. Ora H. Sharninghouse and Albert P. Rybarczyk were associated with an underwater wreck located in March 2014 by […]

Closure for the Family of Ora Sharninghouse – WWII MIA Sailor Located by Project Recover to be Laid to Rest After 73 Years

March 30, 2018 – Closure for the Family of Ora Sharninghouse – WWII MIA Sailor Located by Project Recover to be Laid to Rest After 73 Years Navy Reserve Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ora H. Sharninghouse, Jr., 22, of McComb, Ohio will be buried with full military honors on April 7, 2018. It has been the privilege of the Project Recover Team to locate this sailor and to honor his […]

Underwater Recovery of 1944 Avenger Site Located by Project Recover

March 4, 2018 – Underwater Recovery of 1944 Avenger Site Located by Project Recover. The Project Recover team is pleased to share the news of an underwater recovery effort that was performed by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) at the site of a downed WWII Avenger offshore Palau. On February 23, a repatriation ceremony was held at Koror Airport, Palau for the remains to begin their journey to DPAA […]

WWII Bombers located by Project Recover one of Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2017

December 22, 2017 – WWII B-25 Bombers located by Project Recover off off Papua New Guinea named one of the Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2017 by HeritageDaily. In 2017, a Project Recover team traveled to Papua New Guinea to survey a large underwater area hoping to locate missing WWII aircraft. The Project Recover team includes volunteers and professionals from several fields including Archaeology, History, Oceanography, and Engineering. This interdisciplinary team […]

WWII MIA Sailor Rybarczyk Located by Project Recover Laid to Rest

December 15, 2017 – A funeral was held for Navy Reserve Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Albert P. Rybarczyk on December 11th and 12th, 2017. Albert P. Rybarczyk and Navy Reserve Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ora H. Sharninghouse were associated with an underwater wreck located in March 2014 by Project Recover. It has been the privilege of the Project Recover Team to locate this sailor and to honor his ultimate sacrifice […]

Project Recover Discovery Leads to Accounting of Two WWII MIA Sailors: Sharninghouse and Rybarczyk

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 […]

Project Recover: The Finding of ‘Heaven Can Wait’ B-24

Video: Diving the Known WWII B-25 Bomber

Video: Underwater Footage of World War II TBM-1C Avenger

Video: Diving the Discovered WWII B-25 Bomber

SELECT MEDIA MENTIONS

December 2017: HeritageDaily “Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2017

June 2017: History Hit with Dan Snow “2 Missing WWII B-25 Bombers Found in the Pacific Ocean

May 2017: Military Times “Lost and Found: Missing World War II B-25 Bombers Discovered in Waters Off Papua New Guinea

May 2016: CNN “Downed WWII Bomber Found in Pacific 72 Years Later

November 2014: GoPro “Searching for Lost Heroes

November 2014: 60 Minutes “A Forgotten Corner of Hell

April 2014: CNET “The Cutting Edge Tech Behind the Hunt for Lost WWII Planes“[/vc_column_text]