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Burton S Sobel


Flew 30 combat missions in several different B-17's. 1st mission was Lutzkendorf with 731st SQ, and last mission was Dedenhausen.


Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron
  • 729th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102660 Lovely Lady, a.k.a. Sack Time Souix

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Kearney 12/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 3/5/44 LOVELY LADY; taxi acc 28/12/44 with Bill Randle, struck 43-38822 (452BG); Salvaged 29/12/44. SACK TIME SIOUX.

  • 42-97222 Duces Wild, Puppy Breath

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 728th BS / 452nd BG Deopham Green ( T ) 13/3/44; battle damaged Chemnitz, Ger 6/2/45 with Carl Tyner, Co-pilot: John Stellitans, Navigator: John Woodford, togg-Sgt Hurbert...

  • 43-38533

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/8/44; Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 18/8/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green 19/9/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 17/1/45 with Ed Halik, Co-pilot: Harlan Adams, Navigator: Arthur Smith, Bombardier: Fred Case, Flight engineer/top...

  • 44-6560 Puddin's Pride

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Patterson 4/9/44; Grenier 22/9/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green 25/10/44 PUDDIN’S PRIDE; on Darmstadt mission 24/12/44 with Roger Caswell, Co-pilot: Ray Snyder, Navigator: Harry Keim, Bombardier: Don Borbee, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 44-8491

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/44; Hunter 27/10/44; Dow Fd 8/11/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 10/11/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 27/12/45.

  • 44-8531 MIASSIS DRAGON

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 5/10/44; Palm Springs 12/10/44; Dow Fd 22/10/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 26/10/44; Missing in Action Parchim 7/4/45 with Bill Gill, Co-pilot: Bill Barbeau, Navigator: Bill Lazzari, Bombardier: Sgt Hubert Smart, Flight...


  • 458

    7 July 1944

  • 677

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 745

    10 December 1944

  • 817

    3 February 1945

  • 833

    16 February 1945

  • 861

    3 March 1945

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...


Event Location Date


Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 11:57:53 Lucy May Changes to middlename

Brought in source from pre-existing record: 1999 Unit Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2017 04:29:35 CallyBoatwright452ndBGA Changes to aircraft associations

Carolyn 'Cally' Boatwright, 452nd BGA

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2017 04:22:35 CallyBoatwright452ndBGA Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

1st mission was to Lutzkendorf flying with 731st crew. Flew several flights with 728th, then mostly 729th SQ's. Last mission was to Dedenhausen on March 03, 1945