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Lt Col Richard Cole (Doolittle Raiders) Died today at 103

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Lt Col Richard Cole (Doolittle Raiders) Died today at 103
Posted by bvallot on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 8:46 PM

Just wanted to share with you guys here on the forum if you hadn’t heard already. Lt Col *** Cole passed away today in Texas. He was Jimmy Doolittle’s Mission Commander and copilot. I was fortunate enough to meet him this passed October at the New Orleans CAF Air Show. He was the last surviving member of the raid. 

Say some prayers and raise your glass.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/09/richard-cole-doolittle-raiders-dies-103/3416542002/

On the bench:  

Tamiya P-51D  William Shomo

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 9:00 PM

Sad news!  I am building the C-47 Lt. Col. Cole flew with the 1st Air Commando Group in India.  The Yankee Air Museum honored him with a version of his aircraft "Hairless Joe" last year.

The last of a group of heros.

Gary

 

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  • From: Colorado Springs
Posted by mawright20 on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 9:24 PM
Fair Winds and Calm Seas!
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Posted by patrick206 on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:39 PM

A brave man, among other brave men. They put it all on the line, no question of their dedication and loyalty to America. After I hit send, I'll stand and salute.

Farewell, Lt Col Cole.

 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:28 AM

Thank you for your service Lieutenant. I will be building your B-25 shortly as a homage to you. Rest in Peace brave Sir.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Irmo, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:12 AM
Sad news; another hero has fallen! Like Lawdog, his B-25 is part of my second future project. This will make it more special.

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Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

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Posted by bvallot on Thursday, April 11, 2019 5:41 PM

Guys, I second that emotion. I’ve been looking to build one of the Doolittle Raiders for a few years now but never knew which one I’d pick. I generally like to pick out the unsung heroes but after getting to meet Lt Col D!ck Cole at the NOLA Airshow and hear his story I knew that’d be the one I’d make when I get around to it.

 

On the bench:  

Tamiya P-51D  William Shomo

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

  • Member since
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Posted by Jor-el on Thursday, April 11, 2019 5:56 PM

God Speed, Col.

 

Carl

Growing old is mandatory,

Growing up is optional!

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  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:08 PM

Terrible news.  When these amazing men (and women) pass....an important part of American History is....gone. 
I used to love listening to my Grampa talk about his experiences as a SeeBee....driving LST's and LCM's island hopping in the Pacific fighting against Japan.
The things these people have seen...experienced...survived.  The loss of those voices hurts us all.

Respect.  Nothing but respect.  R.I.P. and Godspeed, Colonel.

Cheers, LeeTree Remember, Safety Fast!!!
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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Friday, April 12, 2019 8:42 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting these men at the EAA in Oshkosh. I didn’t know they were scheduled to be there on the day I was there so I caught just the tail end of their presentation.  Afterward they had an autograph session and I know they stayed well past their appointed time because I was the last person that was allowed in. Funny thing was I was wearing a CAF t-shirt that featured the Japanese zero. It was on the back of the shirt so I made sure that I never turned my back on them. I backed out of the room One thing that they said that will always stick with me was that none of them considered themselves hero’s. To them the hero’s were the ones that never made it back

 

 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, April 12, 2019 10:17 PM

Greatmaker

I had the pleasure of meeting these men at the EAA in Oshkosh. I didn’t know they were scheduled to be there on the day I was there so I caught just the tail end of their presentation.  Afterward they had an autograph session and I know they stayed well past their appointed time because I was the last person that was allowed in. Funny thing was I was wearing a CAF t-shirt that featured the Japanese zero. It was on the back of the shirt so I made sure that I never turned my back on them. I backed out of the room One thing that they said that will always stick with me was that none of them considered themselves hero’s. To them the hero’s were the ones that never made it back

 

 

Your a lucky man Robert. They were all heroes whether they thought so or not. 

The Zero shirt is pretty funny. They might have got a kick out of it who knows. 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, April 12, 2019 11:45 PM

When I first started doing what I do for a living now, I met WWII vets all the time. Pearl, Iwo, Utah, Normandy, B-24 gunners and navigators, and leather necks. Most wouldn't say much about it if they really got into stuff over there, but the air crew always had stories. I haven't run into a vet from that era in some time now and I know they are nearly all gone. We are losing a huge piece of who we are and I feel all the worse for it. They will all be sorely missed. God speed dear Sir.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/72 Meng F-102A Case XX

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   Shelf of doom for now.....

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

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