Samuel Pittman Cole, Jr., or "Pitt" as he was called, was born in Rockwood, Tennessee to Samuel and Winnie (Spencer) Cole on 9 Oct 1921. He enlisted into the Army Air Corps at MacDill Field, Florida as an aviation cadet, in January 1942. Eventually he was assigned to the 23rd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group and sent to England, then to France, and finally to Le Culot in Belgium.
On the morning of 18 Nov 1944, he was part of an aerial assault in the area of Grevenbroich, Germany, flying a P-47D-28, A/C # 44-19862. His aircraft was armed with incendiary bombs intending to reek havoc on coal fields used in industry and to produce electricity. His plane was hit by antiaircraft ground fire and impacted NNW of the town of Grevenbroich.
Units served with
The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...