Texan, 98, a Doolittle Raider, to mark anniversary

Doolittle Raider
In this April 18, 1942 photo provided by the U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command, a USAAF B-25B bomber lines up for takeoff from USS Hornet (CV-8). Sixteen B-25 bombers took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and raided Japan on April 18, 1942, providing a huge morale boost for an American public weary of defeat after defeat in the early days of World War II. (AP Photo/U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command via The Birmingham News)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A 98-year-old retired Air Force pilot who’s among just four surviving Doolittle Raiders will mark the anniversary of the war-changing flights at a ceremony in Texas.

Officials with Joint Base San Antonio say retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole is expected to be on hand Friday afternoon for a commemorative toast.

Cole lives in Comfort, Texas, about 40 miles northwest of San Antonio. He was among 80 men who risked their lives on the April 18, 1942, World War II bombing mission on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Cole was then-Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle’s co-pilot.

Doolittle’s archives are at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Online:

http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/cole.htm

http://www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/doolittle/

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