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Louis Sobolof (Post-war : Sobol)

Military

Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).
2nd Lt. Louis Sobolof, navigator, was captured and sent to a Stalag deep in Germany. He survived and lived in NYC. Changed his name to Sobol. Married Ruth Kraus and started what became the biggest Caviar import business in the U.S. called Caviarteria on Madison Ave. Manhattan, NYC.
He passed away on February 20th 1992. He had two sons Bruce and Eric, who passed away tragically in the early 2000's. He is survived by Ruth and his beautiful Granddaughter Lucy Sobol, the daughter of Bruce and Lydia Sobol.

In Memoriam

I posted his whole story and his portrait so Louis Sobol will be remembered. He died in 1992 and his sons are also deceased. So it's mostly for the honor of his service in the Mighty 8th.

Billy Leroy

Service

People

  • Anthony Carnesi

    Military | Corporal | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Thomas Davis

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Virgil Ethridge

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Vladimir Mateyka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Keith Mc Call

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Laverne Pratt

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • Eugene Schmitt

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

  • John Simpson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Ditched into North Sea off the Frisian Island of Norderney, Germany on 6 October 1944 in B-17 'Red Hot Mama' #43-37821. He and the 8 other crew members were on board a rescue raft when they were captured by a German patrol boat 6-7 October 1944....

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Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37821 Red Hot Mama

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/44; Kearney 4/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 20/6/44; 710BG. Missing in Action Berlin 6 October 1944 with Pilot Vladimir A. Mateyka, Co-Pilot Keith W. Mc Call, Navigator Louis Sobolof, Bombardier Virgil W...

Missions

  • 667

    6 October 1944

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, Kings County, New York 13 January 1920
Lived in July 1941

New York, New York

Prisoner of War (POW) 6 October 1944 – 1945

Stalag Luft 3-Stalag VIIA Moosburg. NARA WW II POW record : “Returned to Military Control 29 May 1945.”

Ended active duty Fort Dix, NJ, USA 4 September 1945
Died 20 February 1992

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 15:11:41 ED-BB Changes to surname, biography and events
Sources

MACR 9779
WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2020 09:27:37 ED-BB Changes to service number and biography
Sources

Enlistment ASN from NARA WWII POW record

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 15:21:39 ED-BB Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 9779

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2016 11:33:37 Lucy May Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

Added details to biography from Sobolof's discharge certificate and certificate of service, shared by Billy Leroy.

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 16:55:50 Lucy May Changes to service number and place associations
Sources

http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=116442

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 16:55:04 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Added information from image caption of Sobolof - UPL 23395

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9779 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Unit History Roster as of 01 August 1945 MACR 9779

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