John James Hester, Jr.
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
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.