He enlisted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on 28 July 1942. 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 Pythian Ridge Cemetery, Sturgis, Kentucky, in the United States.

 

His father served during WW I and first reported for duty on 5 October 1917 at Camp Zachary Taylor, Union, Kentucky.

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.