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Walter L Rice Jr



Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97756

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/2/44; 1SAG Langley 12/4/44; Dow Fd 1/5/44; Assigned 384BG Grafton Underwood 4/5/44; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-G] Chelveston 30/1/45; transferred to St Trond, Belgium, but damaged in taxi accident with ground crew at Prestwick,...


Event Location Date
Born 16 December 1921
Killed in Action 2 March 1945

The aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-97756 was on a heavy bombardment mission to the area of Bohlen in Germany. Sgt Rice was the Tail Gunner. The aircraft returned to AAF Station 105 after completion of the mission, with the body of Sgt. Rice. He died instantaneously, cause of death being perforating flak wounds in the right temple and right axilla, and a shattered right arm.

Buried 3 March 1945

Sgt Rice was buried on 3 March 1945 in the American Military Cemetery, Cambridge, England. He was subsequently buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin, TN.

Buried Erwin, TN 37650, USA


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