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Julian A Rice

Military

Bud flew a C-47 Dakota Skytrain on D-Day and throughout the war, carrying troops and supplies to Europe daily, then returning wounded to England. Used for transport, the C-47 had no armored protection nor weaponry. During his 4-year enlistment, Bud feels very lucky to have survived nearly 800 missions, often through combat zones under heavy fire. "It was an honor to serve with such brave pilots and brave troops. Everyone did the best job they could under the worst of circumstances."

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 43-15509

    C-47 Skytrain
    This C-47 (C-47A-85-DL) was delivered to the USAAF in April 1944, and served with ...

  • 42-24328

    C-47 Skytrain

Missions

  • IX Troop Carrier Command Field Order 1

    6 June 1944
    IX Troop Carrier Command Field Order No 1 was originally issued on 31 May 1944, before being amended on 4 June 1944. It determined the role that 9th Air Force Troop Carrier Command would play in the assault phase of Operation Neptune- the Normandy...

Associated Place

  • Cottesmore

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF between 1935-38, and in use by the RAF from 1938-1943, the airfield was enlarged with concrete runways in 1943. Used by both the Eighth Air Force (it was 8 ASC HQ) and Ninth Air Force 1943, it was Troop Carrier Command HQ (later 9th...

  • American Air Museum

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Panama 8 January 1921
Died California 4 August 2019

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2020 15:20:50 Emily Changes to events
Sources

Obituary

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2019 00:51:17 JARice Changes to biography
Sources

Bud flew a C-47 Dakota Skytrain on D-Day and throughout the war, carrying troops and supplies to Europe daily and returning wounded to England. Used for transport, the C-47 had no armored protection nor weaponry. Bud therefore feels very lucky to have survived nearly 800 missions, often through combat zones under heavy fire. "The pilots I flew with and troops I carried were brave men I was proud to serve with. Everyone did the best job they could under the worst of circumstances." After the war, Bud spent a lifetime career in engineering design for the aircraft and spacecraft industries. Although he lost his beloved wife after 71 years of marriage, his kids and grandkids are thankful he is still around.
First Pitch, June 6, 2019: https://youtu.be/BQCkbNyI0tU

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2019 14:09:49 general ira snapsorter Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

"Valor Without Arms" , A History of the 316th Troop Carrier Group, 1942-1945, by Michael N. Ingrisano Jr.

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 11:28:44 Emily Changes to biography
Sources

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from correspondence files and articles held in an IWM research collection related to the acquisition of various items and ephemera belonging to Bud Rice.

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2018 11:11:47 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and place associations
Sources

American Air Museum text from displays.
"Valor Without Arms - A History of the 316th Troop Carrier Group", By Michael N. Ingrisano Jr.

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