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Lt. Col. Dick Cole, last Doolittle Raider, passes away

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  • J Boyle
    With malice towards none
    • Oct 2004
    • 9727

    Lt. Col. Dick Cole, last Doolittle Raider, passes away

    Dick Cole served as Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot on the famed mission.
    He was 103. He became the last surviving member of the 80 man raid on 2016.

    He entered the USAAC as an aviation cadet in 1940 (at the relatively old age of 25) and retired from active duty in 1966.

    Last edited by J Boyle; 9th April 2019, 19:49.
    There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.
  • DazDaMan
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2003
    • 18672

    I'm feeling a need to watch Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo again.

    RIP, sir.
    Daren Cogdon

    Spitfire fanatic


    • trumper
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2003
      • 6668

      R I P Thank you


      • jack windsor
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Dec 2008
        • 916

        103's was a grand age, must have been a thank you... and remembering all raiders RIP.



        • adrian_gray
          Which idiot let HIM in?
          • Jan 2000
          • 2952

          To take off from a carrier knowing full well that you won't be coming back, and who knows where you or how you will reach the ground, or what sort of reception you will get when you get there *and that was actually the plan*, must have taken a special kind of bravery.

          RIP. It's going to be busy at the Valhalla Arms tonight.

          Last edited by adrian_gray; 10th April 2019, 17:26.
          "Snow clearing equipment has been found under snowdrift" - message sent from RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1944.


          • Spanner Monkey
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2008
            • 30

            RIP sir.

            I had the pleasure of meeting him 2 years ago, a very kind humble man, still sharp as a tack. Took the time to ask about our B-25, even though we were in awe of his presence.
            I am not often star struck but he was a true gent and I feel lucky to have met him.

            Blue skies.


            • TonyT
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Oct 2006
              • 8991

              RIP Sir, the last goblet will now be turned.



              Blue skies


              • RyanShort1
                Aerial Photographer
                • Feb 2008
                • 245

                This is basically my last of many memories with him, and probably one of my favorites. It's how he was. Kind, approachable, a true gentleman on top of being a hero.
                Ryan Short
                L-bird pilot
                Flight Instructor at


                • 1batfastard
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2013
                  • 3358

                  Hi All,
                  RIP Sir you and your comrades will live on in spirit for ever more.



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