Richard Cole (1915 - 2019)

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Richard Cole (U.S. Air Force) Richard Cole in the World War II Memorials Photo Gallery Enlarged Photo
Richard Cole was the last surviving member of the daring Doolittle Raiders who bombed Japan during an aerial raid in World War II. He was one of 80 U.S Air Force personnel who took part in the raid in April, 1942, dropping bombs on 7 cities in Japan. Cole was the co-pilot in the lead B-25 with pilot Jimmy Doolittle that bombed Tokyo. Running out of fuel on their return, they had to bail out over China, and were helped by Chinese troops. The raid did little damage but was a major morale booster for the country during the beginning of the war, occurring only 4 months after Pearl Harbor. Cole continued to serve in the China-Burma-India Theater until 1943. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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