Dick Cole was born in Dayton Ohio on 7th September 1915.
He graduated from Steele High School, Dayton, Ohio and completed two years college at Ohio University.
On 20th November 1940 Richard Cole
enlisted with the USAAF.
completed pilot training and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in July, 1941.
is a Doolittle Raider and was co-pilot of General Jimmy Doolittles B-25 plane #1, their Mitchell attacked the city of Tokyo and they bailed out over China.
remained in China-Burma-India flying bombing and transport missions over the Hump until June 1943, and served again in the China-Burma-India theater from October, 1943, until June, 1944.
was relieved from active duty in January, 1947, but returned to active duty in August, 1947.
Cole was Operations Advisor to the Venezuelan Air Force from 1959 to 1962.
is rated as a Command Pilot.