MEADERS, MARION LELAND, Flight Officer, # T-60177, USAAF
Marion L. Meaders was born on 7 November 1920 in Newton, Newton Co., Mississippi, to Orbie Lee Meaders (1892-1951) (GA) and Mary Margaret (Land) Meaders (1896-1968) (MS) . Siblings were Aubrey Lee Meaders (1917-1985), Lonnie Sanford Meaders (1923-1999), Charles E. Meaders (1927-2008), and John Darling Meaders (1929-2003). He attended East Central Junior College, Decatur.
He first enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard and was activated on 25 November 1940. He was transferred to the USAAF, completed flight schools and was appointed a Flight Officer in December 1942. He earned his pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 August 1943 a C-47, # 41-18543, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 6th Transport Squadron, Mohanbari, India, departed the airfield at Calcutta, India, on a cargo mission to Tezpur, India. The C-47 crashed. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the Masonic Cemetery, Newton, Newton Co., Mississippi.
His brother, Lonnie S. Meaders, born 29 December 1923, served in the U.S. Army, Sergeant, during WWII from 19 June 1943. He died 22 July 1999 and is buried in the Masonic Cemetery, Newton, Newton Co., Mississippi.
His brother, Charles E. Meaders, born 7 July 1927, served in the U.S. Army from 14 September 1950 to 6 November 1950. He died 4 April 2008 and is buried in the Masonic Cemetery, Newton, Newton Co., Mississippi.