Accident Grumman TBM-1C Avenger 16923, Friday 8 September 1944
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Date:Friday 8 September 1944
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic TBM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Grumman TBM-1C Avenger
Owner/operator:VT-18 US Navy
Registration: 16923
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Babelthuap Island -   Palau
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:U.S.S. Intrepid
Destination airport:U.S.S. Intrepid
Narrative:
The plane was shot down and crashed into the sea. The three occupants are MIA.
A wing of the plane was discovered in the year 2005. The wreckage of the plane was discovered in the year 2014.
The remains of one crew member, Bud Rybarczyk, were identified in the year 2017 and were buried in the US.

Sources:

http://www.adriandominicans.org/News/TabId/341/Tag/closure/Default.aspx
http://fox17online.com/2017/12/11/wwii-pilot-lost-for-73-years-laid-to-rest-in-st-joseph/
https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/tbm/16923.html

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Dec-2017 09:27 gerard57 Added
07-Mar-2019 10:44 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
10-Feb-2020 10:13 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Operator]
24-Jan-2021 14:25 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source]
24-Jan-2021 14:26 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type]

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