Doolittle’s copilot died in San Antonio, Tex., April 9
The sad news that Richard “Dick” Cole died on April 9 at the age of 103 marked the passing of the last of the “Doolittle Raiders.”
Cole literally had a front-row seat next to Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle as the copilot in the No.1 bomber. Doolittle and Cole joined navigator Lt. Henry A. Potter, bombardier SSgt. Fred A. Braemer and engineer gunner SSgt. Paul J. Leonard as the first of the raid’s 16 B-25s to fly over Japan and the first to drop a bomb load — four incendiaries aimed at a large factory.