|Death: ||Nov. 20, 1943, At Sea|
Name: Bela Sobek
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1921
Enlistment Date: 13 Jul 1942
Ship, Station or Activity: USS Independence
Ship Number or Designation: CVL-22 light aircraft carrier Commissioned in January 1943
Date Bela Sobek first received on board: 15 Jan 1943
Disposition: Buried at Sea by Administrative Decision
Service Branch: Navy
Rank: Seaman 2nd Class
Service Number: 6525475
Next of Kin: Spouse, Anna Sobek Forest Hill Wilkinsburg Pennsylvania
Awards: Purple Heart - Buried at Sea
CVL-22 USS Independence sailed from Pearl Harbor for Espiritu Santo on the 21st of October 1943 her first WWII battle mission, and, during an ensuing carrier attack on Rabaul on the 11th of November, the ship's gunners scored their first success - six Japanese planes shot down. After this operation the carrier refueled at Espiritu Santo and headed for the Gilberts and pre-landing strikes on Tarawa from the 18th to the 20th of November 1943. During a Japanese counterattack on the 20th of November 1943, Independence was attacked by a group of planes low on the water. Six were shot down, but the planes managed to launch at least five torpedoes one of which scored a hit on the carrier's starboard quarter. Twelve sailors were killed and five were missing in action as result of torpedo Nov. 20, 1943. The twelve sailors (one of them Seaman 2nd Class Bela Sobek were Buried at Sea by Administrative Decision). Seriously damaged, the ship steamed to Funafuti on the 23rd of November for repairs.
Note: Entered the service from Pennsylvania.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31363, -157.84711
Maintained by: Debbie (Tetrault) & Bruc...
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
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