SELLERS, LESTER FORREST, Corporal, # 37130005, U.S. Army

 

Lester F. Sellers was born on 22 June 1920 in Reynolds, Missouri, to John Richard Sellers (1882-    ) (TN) and Rosa Elizabeth (Chappell) Sellers (1891-1933) (MO) (married 1 May 1909, Sandywoods, Scott Co., MO). He had five siblings, including John Richard Sellers Jr. (1910-1932), Georgia Sellers, DeLois Sellers, . Nearby lived Rosa’s family in 1910 in Sandywood: Jessie Forest Chappell (1865-1952), Lewna Chappell (1880-    ) and siblings Lecia Chappell (1899-1985), Jessie Forest Chappell (1901-1964), Crealia Lee Chappell (1902-1977), Amy Chappell (1904-1983), Mammie Chappell (1907-    ) and Elsie Chappell (1909-    ), and later were born John L. Chappell (1910-1984), Claude D. Chappell (1913-1986), Carl Henry Chappell (1917-1970), Wyatt Freland Chappell (1921-1969) and two sisters and another brother. Uncle Dewey McCalister was born 11 October 1898 (died 12 July 1985) and was married to Amy Chappell (1904-1983), Rosa’s sister.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941, residing in Benton, Scott Co., Missouri, with an Uncle, Dewey McCalister, RFD 1, Benton, Scott Co., MO. He described himself as 5’11”, 160 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After training, he was sent overseas to India. On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. He was a passenger on this flight. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. After recovery of the remains from a Military Airfield Cemetery in India, indistinguishable from one another, those who perished aboard were buried in common graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034 D & E).