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Everett Wayne Powell


One of seven Powell brothers who served the United States in World War II. Crashed 3km NW of Wuustwezel, near the Belgium/Netherlands border, NE of Antwerp, Belgium due to a runaway prop on a bomber support mission to Duren, Germany on 4 March 1944 in P-47C #41-6374. MACR 2973. Landed in parachute near Antwerp and was helped by Belgian patriots who fed, clothed, sheltered, guided him in various places. Led to Brussels in order to have him evacuated to England, the Resistance group which had taken him in charge was infiltrated by Belgian traitors and he was arrested by the Gestapo in Antwerp on 28 April 1944. Prisoner of War until his liberation by US troops at the end of April 1945. See the full story of his evasion at


Units served with



  • 8th Air Force FO 260 BOMBER ESCORT

    4 March 1944
    A combined force of 770 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to heavy bombers attacking at Berlin. The weather is terrible and many of the bomber formations either abort of seek Targets of Opportunity in the Ruhr valley. The P-38...

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Illinois, United States 20 January 1918

the son of George Robert Powell and Addie Agnes (Hunnicutt) Powell

Lived in Hillview, Illinois, United States 1942
Bailed Above Mechelen, Belgium 4 March 1944

Run-away propeller; mechanical failure of his P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6374

Evaded capture 4 March 1944 – 28 April 1944

Helped by Belgian citizens and members of the Resistance until his arrest on denunciation

Arrested Antwerp, Belgium 28 April 1944
Prisoner of War 28 April 1944 – 29 April 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3 in Sagan/Zagan, Poland. Force-marched from there and ultimately interned at Stalag 7A in Moosburg Germany. Camp liberated by US troops 29 April 1945

Died Sumter, South Carolina, United States 20 August 1999
Buried Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina, United States

Everett Powell rests at the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Sumter, South Carolina.


Date Contributor Update
15 November 2020 09:50:56 ED-BB Changes to biography and events

Deleted duplicate "April" in Bio and added location of crash according to German report.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2020 16:56:49 jwpowell78 Changes to biography

Updated bio.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2020 16:41:23 jwpowell78 Changes to biography and media associations

Added information about being one of seven brothers in World War II.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2020 15:46:44 jwpowell78 Changes to middlename and awards

Middle name updated from WW II Draft Card.

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2017 11:19:34 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

MACR 2973
Research for his page at
US Census 1920

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2973 / MACR 2973, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list