Clarence Washington Rice, Jr.
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Mother - Mrs. C. W. Rice, Sr.; Sister - Martha Rice
Army Air Force, Captain
89th Ferry Squadron, 2 Air Transportation Group
Dec 6, 1916
Jul 23, 1943
Died Non Battle
Lorraine American Military Cemetery, Plot G, Row 17, Grave 27. Memorial marker at Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery, Hartwell.
Additional InformationAirplane Casualty Report – B-25 O, S/N 41-5150 Unit: 2nd Ferry Group Wilmington, Del. Location of Crash: At Sea near Portugal Date – July 23, 1943; Engine Failure Crew- 3; Passengers -2 Crew List: Capt Thos D. Schall – Pilot 2LT Eli L. Belenky –Copilot Capt Clarence W. Rice Cpl Olan T. Edwards Cpl Henry W. Brune Narrative: (Note most of summary is unreadable due to poor copying)
- Seems than the plane was force landed/crash landed in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 yards from the surf line near the village of Quarteira in Algarve, Portugal. The cause of the accident was contributed to engine failure of the left engine. This type of craft is unable to support itself in flight with only one working engine. The cause of the accident was listed as mechanical failure and there were 3 casualties Capt. Clarence W. Rice, Cpl Olin T. Edwards, and Cpl Henry W. Brune.
- The aircraft was a total loss as it began to sink automatically striking the water. The two surviving crew members were picked up by a Portuguese fisherman and eventually returned to their base in North Africa. The three fatalities were recovered by the Portuguese army and given full military burials in Lisbon, Portugal.