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Lt. Col. Richard Cole, the Last
Doolittle Raider, Dies at Age 103
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams
Posted By:JoniTx, 4/9/2019 3:18:45 PM
Sad news—the last Doolittle Raider has died. Lt. Col. Richard Cole passed away Monday at the age of 103.Cole was the final surviving member of the daring raid on Tokyo by carrier-launched B-25s. As I wrote for his 100th birthday in 2015: Col. Richard Cole was the co-pilot of "Crew 1," which means he sat alongside Col. Jimmy Doolittle at the tip of the tip of the American spear aimed at Imperial Japan. The Doolittle Raid on April 18, 1942, was a virtual suicide mission. It was a daring sea-launched bombing mission in the earliest days of World War II.
originally posted by: seagull
Too many of us looking back to events well over half a century ago see the minor damage inflicted and wonder at the uselessness of it.
Two, out of the five available, priceless aircraft carriers were sent deep into Japanese held waters, with many highly valuable, and highly trained aviators aboard, on a mission that, materially, accomplished little.
That's not the truth of the matter. Doolittle's Raid was a badly needed boost to morale during a dark time. The pure guts it took to sail to within 600 miles of Japan to launch that attack boggles the mind.
That raid, followed closely by the Battle of the Coral Sea, and later, Midway were turning points in the war in the Pacific. It showed not only America, but the Japanese themselves, that they weren't invincible, nor untouchable.