John Sellers was born in Peterborough on 24th August 1897. He spent most of his adult life living in Harrogate.
Sellers a Pilot, had previously served with the Royal Naval Air Service. he was transferred to '3' Squadron RAF in 1918 and undertook numerous combat sorties.
On 4th October 1918, while on patrol at 11000 feet, Sellers reported the following;
'Whilst on c.o.p I observed five Fokker Biplanes. I dived on the nearest and fired 380rounds. E.A, flew **** straight. My guns then stopped, and I saw E.A. dive down east, owning to presences of other E.A. in close proximity, I was unable to observe anything further.'
It was confirmed in an intelligence report that the Fokker had been driven down out of control. Thus Sellers was given credit for the 'kill'.