2Lt Jerome “Jerry” Rosenthal

2Lt Jerome “Jerry” Rosenthal

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 16 Nov 1944 (aged 20)
Malaysia
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56757529 · View Source
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Copilot of the B24 died over Borneo -- along with Thomas Coberly, Elmer Phillips and Frederick H Brennan, Jr. Their B24 was shot down it was part of the 23rd Bomber Squadron 5th Bomber Group.

Jerry won the Purple Heart and Silver Star posthumously - he was fatally injured the head, and lost an ear but managed to keep control of the plane until the last airmen parachuted out.

The rest of the crew was rescued by the native Dayak people and the story is detailed in the book:

The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II
by Judith M. Heimann

Their story was also featured on a PBS special - 'Secrets of the Dead' and there is an associated DVD available

Gravesite Details Entered the service from California.

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  • Maintained by: Donna
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56757529
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Jerome “Jerry” Rosenthal (16 Aug 1924–16 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56757529, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Donna (contributor 46910450) .