The real Jewish history of Lt. Robert 'Rosie' Rosenthal, heroic pilot in Apple TV+'s 'Masters of the Air'


March 29, 2024

Lt. Robert Rosenthal (second from left in the front row) with his 418th crew in front of his plane, "Rosie's Riveters."

Spoilers ahead for "Part Nine" of "Masters of the Air" on Apple TV+.

(JTA) - When Lieutenant Colonel Robert Rosenthal's B-17 bomber aircraft exploded during his final World War II combat mission on Feb. 3, 1945, he found himself in the middle of a battlefield of dueling Russian and German soldiers.

Rosenthal was recovered by the Red Army and transported by the Russians back to his Air Force unit, the 100th Bombardment Group, known as "Bloody Hundredth."

The scene is dramatized in the final episode of the Apple TV+ miniseries "Masters of the Air," which airs March 15 and is based on a book of t...

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