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Everett Maurice Cayford


Shot down on 25th mission in B-24 41-28778, 31-Jul-44. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft IV. During the winter of 1945 was forced to march west through Germany. Spent 3 weeks in German hospital and had surgery for appendicitis and other complications. Was liberated by Russians 28 April 1945.

AM (3 OLC), EAME, POW, WWII Victory.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28778

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ludwigshaven. Hit by flak just after bombs away, causing a fire in the bomb bay and taking out #3 engine. A/C edged out of formation and dove straight down exploding in mid air and...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born California, USA 7 February 1920
Lived in Roseville, California, USA 1941
Baled out Viernheim, Germany 31 July 1944

Shot down on 25th mission in B-24 41-28778, 31-Jul-44. Baled out POW.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 31 July 1944 – 28 April 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Buried Skowhegan, ME 04976, USA 2000

Southside Cemetery
Somerset County
Maine, USA

Died Maine, USA 20 May 2000


Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 15:25:41 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:30 AAM AAM ingest

Dorothy Cayford / MACR 7747 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7747 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database