Rosenthal, Jerome, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hollywood, California
Last Address
Wama Airfield, Morotai, Dutch East Indies

Casualty Date
Nov 16, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Air Force5th Air Force23rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 22nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 5th Air Force
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 23rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, Los Angeles
  1941-1942, University of California, Los Angeles1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In the South Pacific, 2nd Lt  Jerome "Jerry" Rosenthal flew with the 23rd Bomb Squadron, 5th Bomb Group, 13th Air Force.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 10335

B-24 J (tail number 44-40924) Mission # 5-407 flying out of Morotai, Dutch East Indies to attack on the Japanese Fleet at Brunei Bay, Dutch Borneo. Aircraft severely damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft guns on its first run. Attempted to make a return to Morotai, but was too damaged.

Taking over control of the aircraft due to the wounding of the pilot, Lt. Rosenthal, though seriously wounded himself, had the men bail out inland from Japanese positions.

The aircraft then went into a spin,  circling seven times, and crashing near Loung Berang, Dutch Borneo. Four P-38s provided cover until the aircraft was far inland.

According to the report, Lts. Coberly, Rosenthal, and Brennan were buried by "friendly natives" at Loung Kabinoe. (See documents at:   )

Those Lost:
2nd Lt. Thomas M. Coberly, (Pilot) KIA Parachute failed to open 
2nd Lt. Jerome Rosenthal, (Co-pilot) KIA
2nd Lt. Frederick H. Brennan, Jr., (Navigator) KIA
Sgt. Edward W. Phillips, Jr., KIA Body never found

Those who survived:
2nd Lt. Phillip R. Corrin,  (Bombardier)
Sgt. Clarence T. Capin, (Assistant Radio Operator)
Sgt. James F. Knoch, (Engineer)
KIA Cpl. Edward J. Haviland, Jr., (Assistant Engineer)
Cpl. Daniel G. Illerich,  (Radio Operator)
Cpl. John R. Nelson, (Gunner)
SSgt. Frances E. Harrington, (Gunner)


Book: "The Airmen and the Headhunters", Judith M. Heimann, Mariner Books, 2009.

TV: network: PBS, series: NOVA, program: "Secrets of the Dead", episode: The Airmen and the Headhunters", first aired Nov 10, 2009.

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