Posted on April 10, 2019
The famed Doolittle raid was named for then Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle, who led the first US strikes against Japan during the war in 1942.
Retired Lt Cole was Lt Col Doolittle’s co-pilot in the lead plane.
The raid, which included 16 B-25 bombers and 80 crew members, helped boost morale after Pearl Harbor.
“There’s another hole in our formation”, Air Force chief of staff General David L Goldfein said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Legacy of the Doolittle Raiders – his legacy – will live forever in the hearts and minds of Airmen,” he continued.