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RIP: LCOL Richard Cole – last Doolittle Raider

April 9, 2019 · in News · · 7 · 1.2K

The last Doolittle Raider, LCOL Richard Cole, who flew the mission as Doolittle's co-pilot, died yesterday at 103.

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  1. Had the honor of flying with him in Tondelayo. He spent the weekend with us in 2009 while we were in Dallas. Such a great and humble person...and a great stick. I asked him “when was the last time you flew a 25?” He said “last month”, it was great that he was treated with such celebrity. Never forget.

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  2. ALL of them were TRUE heroes. God bless!

  3. Your watch is over. Rest easy.

  4. i always thought he was such a stud in the photo beside doolittle...americas best

  5. RiP Sir. And thank you. Lest we Forget.

  6. My son and I had the honor of meeting him and Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit and Unbroken) at our local airshow a couple of years before his passing. Laura is working on a book about his life and the Doolittle Raiders. Rest In Peace.

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