John James Hester, Jr.


Civil Engineering

Troy, South Carolina

Son of John James Hester and Annie Matilda (Hanvey) Hester

Army Air Force, Second Lieutenant

Aug 24, 1916

May 11, 1943

MIA - The aircraft he was in failed to arrive at its destination in Belem, Brazil.

Memorialized: East Coast Memorial NY, NY; Memorial marker at Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery, McCormick, SC


Additional Information

List of Crew:

Pilot    Moritz, M.     2nd Lt.
CP      King, T.        2nd Lt.
N        Hester, J.   2nd Lt.
E        Manning, G.   Sgt.
R        Praderio, W.  S/Sgt.
G       Durham, S.    S/Sgt.

Hester departed on May 11th, 1943 from Atkinson Field, British Guyana in a B-25, 41-0003 destined for Belem, Brazil.  The plane disappeared leaving no evidence to lead to its position, failing to reach its destination.  Reports of parachute sightings were received, but the search was concluded after 30 days without a lead.

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Extra Documents

Vignette in The Echo written by Kelly Durham – The South Atlantic Route