Charles Richmond "Dick" Grice was born on May 14, 1918, in Galveston, Texas. He was the son of Thomas Wyatt Grice and Ada Laura Horne Grice. He was married to Ann Waller Grice.
Charles served in the 427th Bomber Squadron, 303rd Bomber Group, Heavy, as a Second Lieutenant and Navigator on the B-17 #41-24584 during World War II.
On January 23, 1943, the crew was attacked by German FW-190 fighters during their mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Their plane was shot down by Ltn Melchior Kestel 9./JG26 . All members were able to bail out of their airplane except for 2Lt Moser, who was killed during the attack. Of those nine members who bailed out, six were captured and taken as prisoners (including 2Lt Grice), two evaded German capture, and one member was killed during his parachute descent when he was shot by a hunter. Their airplane crashed at Abbey Pleyben near Edern, France. 2Lt Grice was sent to Stalag III in Sagan-Silesia in Poland.
Charles died on June 9, 2006, at the age of 88, in El Paso. He is now buried in the Church of Saint Clement Cremation Garden, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas.
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