New England Air Museum
T. Brooks Rice
Lt. Thurman B. Rice, December 30, 1944
Lt. Thurman B. Rice, December 30, 1944
Recent Address: 44277 Blueberry Lane, California, MD 20619-4060
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Family Information: Parents: Thurman and Ruby; Wife: Margaret (deceased), Agnes (wife)
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Date Entered Service: November 20, 1943
Service Number: O-2079485
Bomb Group: 468th Bomb Group
Squadron: 793rd Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit: Tinian; July 1945
Missions Flown: 4
Hump Missions Flown: None
Targets: Kawanishi Aircraft Plant at Takarazuka, city of Saga, Hikari Naval Arsenal and Power Display Mission over Tokyo on Sept. 2, 1945.
Awards/Decorations: Distinguished Unit Citation, American Theater Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Battle Stars
Service Schools Attended: CTD Kent State Univ., Kent, OH Jan-Apr 1944; Navigation School, Selman Field, Monroe, LA Sep-Dec 1944;
Military Specialty(ies): MOS 1034-Navigator
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lt.
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th: October 10, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th: June 18, 1946
Post-WWII Military Service: None
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Student until Feb 1951 -- DePauw Univ. BA degree 1949 and Purdue Univ. BS degree, C.E. 1951; Structural Engineer from 1951 to retirement
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
While I would not want to go through it again and I hope that my grandchildren never have to go to war, it was a truly wonderful experience to be a part of the effort to win WWII. I was only 19 years old and yet had very great responsibility. It was a very maturing experience. I would not trade it for anything. I am proud to have served my country -- I hope well.

It also enabled me to receive five full school years in college through the GI Bill of Rights.
I was part of a very good crew: (photo below) Back Row (L to R) Flight Engineer, Harold Hartman; Radio Operator, Vincent Yanuchi; CFC Gunner, Gordon D. Clark; Gunner, Bobby Fowler; Gunner, Floyd Eckman; Tail Gunner, Karr Roe; Front Row (L to R) Bombardier, Paul V. Callahan; Pilot, Julian Jensen; Aircraft Commander John W. Woolsey; Navigator, Brooks Rice; Radar, Robert McLane.

Mr. Brooks passed away April 12, 2013 and is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.
A very good crew!
T. Brooks Rice, c.2000
T. Brooks Rice, c.2000

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