Grave Site: 5.E.4. Isolated Burial
An inscribed brass plate attached at a low angel to a stone; a standard Commonwealth Grave (CWGC) for this location.
William B. Rice was born about 1919 in Charlestown, South Caroline. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a pilot in the 139th Bomber Squadron in the Pacific Theater. On April 23, 1942 he was shot down and killed. He is buried the in the Chittagong Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in Chattogram, Bangladesh. He is the only American in this cemetery of 715 graves.
From the CWGC Files:
WILLIAM B. RICE
Service Number: 106353
Regiment & Unit/Ship: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 139 Sqdn.
Died 23 April 1942
Age 23 years old
Son of William B. Rice and Birdie Furse Rice, of Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.
BORN CHARLESTOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A. HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR FREEDOM
W. B. RICE
Royal Air Force
Died 23 April 1942. Age 23
BORN CHARLESTOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.