Cole, Richard Eugene, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1081-Pilot, B-25
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1963-1966, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Service Years
1940 - 1966
Foreign Language(s)
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Dayton, Ohio
Last Address
San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Apr 08, 2019
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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Take Off Order
Tail # 40- 2344
Target: Tokyo

Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle's bomber was the first over Japan and the first to drop its bomb load.  The four incendiaries fell at 12:30 p.m. (Tokyo time) to incinerate a large factory.  Doolittle then flew west to reach the coast of China after dark.  By 9:30 fuel was low and unable to find an airfield in the heavy fog, Doolittle ordered his crew to bail out among the mountains of China.  He then followed them into the night, his B-25 crashing on a nearby mountainside.  The only injury sustained by any of the crew was a sprained ankle. Local Chinese escorted the Americans to Chuchow from where they eventually returned home safely.

LTC Doolittle

 Position  Rank  Name Home Town


 Date of Death

 Pilot LTC  James H. Jimmy Doolittle  Alameda, CA    Sep 27, 1993  
 Co-Pilot Lt.  Richard E. Cole  Dayton, OH    
 Navigator Lt.  Henry A. Hank Potter  Pierre, SD   May 27, 2002  
 Bombardier S/Sgt  Fred Anthony Braemer  Seattle, WA   Feb 02, 1989   
 Eng/Gunner S/Sgt  Paul John Leonard  Roswell, NM


 Jan 05, 1943

English: Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Crew No. 1 Crew No. 1 (Plane #40-2344, target Tokyo): 34th Bombardment Squadron, Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, pilot; Lt. Richard E. Cole, copilot; Lt. Henry A. Potter, navigator; SSgt. Fred A. Braemer, bombardier; SSgt. Paul J. Leonard, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)

18 April 1942(1942-04-18)



US Army Air Force


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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)US Air Force1st Air Commando Group
US Air ForceFar East Air ForcesGeneral Headquarters Air Force464th Troop Carrier Wing
Combat Support UnitsStrategic Air Command (SAC)
  1940-1941, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1940-1946, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1940-1947, AAF MOS 1081, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1941-1942, 34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1943-1943, 5th Fighter Group
  1943-1944, 1st Air Commando Group
  1945-1946, 87th Army Air Force Base Unit
  1947-1952, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  1952-1955, 1411, Far East Air Forces
  1955-1958, 1441A, General Headquarters Air Force
  1962-1962, 464th Troop Carrier Wing
  1963-1966, 21, 831st Combat Support Group
  1963-1966, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
 Colleges Attended 
Armed Forces Staff College
  1952-1952, Armed Forces Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  
  1941-1947, B-25 Mitchell
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