MASTERS, GRADY ALLEN, First Lieutenant, # 0-804197, USAAF
Grady A. Masters was born on 27 June 1921 in Avon Park, Highlands Co., Florida, to Henry Ellsworth Masters (1892-1969) (IN) and Esther N. (Drawdy) Masters (1897-1992) (1937 – divorced Henry E.) and second, Ethel (Pearcy) Masters (1887-1978) (FL). Siblings included Mildred Lenora (Masters) McQueen (1918-2005), Vera M. (Masters) Steele (1923-2009), and Ima Jean (Masters) Austin (1926-1983). He listed his next-of-kin as Esther N. Masters, Mother, 710 ½ Upland Rd, West Palm Beach, Florida.
He registered for the WW II draft on 15 February 1942, employed by the Embry-Riddle Company, and described himself as 5’8”, 133 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. He was a passenger on board. His remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida, on 8 April 1949 (Sec. 3, Grave 18).
His father, Henry E. Masters, born 14 July 1892, served in the U.S. Navy (Reserves) during WWII from 1 July 1942 to 8 November 1945. He died 20 September 1969 in Pensacola, Florida, and is buried in the Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida.