MANATEE, Fla. (AP) - One of just three living survivors of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo is making public appearances in South Florida.
The Bradenton Herald (https://bit.ly/1BhLvtQ ) reports that Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, 99, will speak and meet with the public at events on Saturday and Sunday.
Cole was raid leader Jimmy Doolittle’s copilot in the plane that lead the group of 16 Army bombers that flew off the deck of the USS Hornet on April, 18, 1942. The men conducted a surprise bombing of Tokyo before continuing on to China.
The Doolittle Raiders have been celebrities since the raid, touring the country and making appearances at air shows and other events for the last 70 years.
All 80 Doolittle Raiders received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Doolittle received the Medal of Honor.
Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , https://www.bradenton.com
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