COLONEL RICHARD E. COLE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 276469
Sale Price $288.00
DOOLITTLE'S RAIDERS: RICHARD E. COLE
Photograph of the crew of Plane #1, on which Cole served as co-pilot (Jimmy Doolittle himself was the pilot).
Photograph signed: "RE Cole". B/w, 11x8½. Led by James "Jimmy" Doolittle, 80 men on 16 B-25 bombers took off from the carrier USS Hornet on April 18, 1942. The raid, which marked the first time fully loaded bombers took off from an aircraft carrier, was in retaliation for Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. "Doolittle's Raiders" hit targets in Tokyo, Yokohama and other cities and scored a huge victory for U.S. morale at a time when Japan's position in the Pacific seemed impregnable. Richard E. Cole (1915-2019) was the co-pilot of Plane #1, piloted by Lt. Col Doolittle himself, which incinerated a Tokyo factory. The crew bailed out over China, but all returned home safely. Cole continued to serve in the China-Burma-India Theatre into 1944. Remaining in the peacetime Air Force, his duties included Operations Advisor to the Venezuelan Air Force (1959-1962). Minor surface creases (not evident head on). Fine condition.
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