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William R Brice

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My father flew 29 missions with the James S. Seamans' Crew. The nickname for the crew was Seamans' Demons. He was lead bombadier on several if not most missions. He was a good man whom I loved very much. He told me stories of his missions and escapades while in England. The time we spent together while he told those stories are the times I remember most. He told me how the propeller flew off on landing and came through the nose. He told me how a P-51 pilot caught a shrapnel round right in the cockpit right after waving at my father. He told me how some fellows would get flacked up. He told me how cold it was at altitude and how cold his feet would get. He explained the Norden bombsight and how the bombardier would fly the ship on the bomb run and everyone would drop their bombs when they saw my father drop his. There are so many stories.

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Aircraft

  • 44-8148 Seamans' Demons

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 22/6/44; Langley 27/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned PFF as 369BS/306BG [WW-K] Thurleigh 13/8/44; transferred 95BG Horham 14/8/44; 3m, transferred 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 30/10/44; battle damaged Hamm 26/11/44 with ?; force landed St Trond...

Missions

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 153

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 667

    6 October 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Died Santa Cruz, CA, USA 26 August 2004

My father died in August 2004 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. My father was a good friend of Bill Wilson and was sober for 35 years until he died. The last lucid conversation that I had with him, in fact, was when a month before he died I asked if he wouldn't mind having a beer with me, since I had never drunk one with him. Something inside of him clicked and we talked for about three hours, as if he'd never had Alzheimer's. No one could believe it. That was the thing about my dad. Once he believed in something he believed in it with his whole heart.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 02:53:06 Jameswbrice Changes to aircraft associations
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100th Bomb Group website

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 02:38:12 Jameswbrice Changes to place associations and mission associations
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James W Brice

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 02:20:10 Jameswbrice Changes to mission associations
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James W Brice

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 02:08:10 Jameswbrice Changes to mission associations
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James W Brice

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 00:00:21 Jameswbrice Changes to unit associations
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James W Brice, son of
MAJ William R Brice, Bombadier
418th Bombardment Squadron
100th Bomb Group
13th Combat Bombardment Wing
3rd Air Division

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2016 22:41:38 Jameswbrice Changes to nickname and events
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James W Brice, son of
MAJ William R Brice
418th Bombardment Squadron
100th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 23:38:45 Jameswbrice Changes to mission associations
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James W Brice; son of CPT William R Brice, Lead Bombadier

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 11:07:12 Jameswbrice Changes to nickname, highest rank, biography, awards, person associations and place associations
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James W Brice, son

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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