Richard H Cole

Military
media-26666.jpeg UPL 26666 Lead crew of bombing mission to Lutzkendorf, Germany, pose in front of Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 44-8137. 359th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, England. 10 September 1944. Pilot Colonel Richard H Cole.

Object Number - UPL 26666 - Lead crew of bombing mission to Lutzkendorf, Germany, pose in front of Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 44-8137. 359th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group,...

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x missions.



Lt. Col. Cole was assigned to the 303rd in the fall of 1943. At that time he held the rank of

Major, having been previously a Group Operations Officer with an anti-submarine command group stationed in Newfoundland.

Col. Cole was well qualified to take over the squadron and lost no time in getting into the swing of things. He is a fighting commander and has led his squadron on some of the most

outstanding of the 303rd's missions. He is well into his second operational tour and will continue until the war in this theater is concluded.

Col. Cole graduated from Rutgers University in 1938. He entered the Air Corps as a cadet and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in May, 1940.



Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36597852
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-407138
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-717650
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O207003
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13065716 / O-814319
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The 8 Ball Mk II
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ole George
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-97058) nicknamed "Scorchy II" of the 303rd Bomb Group at Mount Farm. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group. Written on slide casing: '303 BG Mount Farm.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Scorchy II
  • Unit: 1st Air Division 41st Combat Bomb Wing 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 29 January 1945

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

New Jersey 30 May 1916

Enlisted

10 May 1939

Other

Discharged USAF

1 May 1962

Died

31 January 1982

Based

Molesworth 11 April 1945 Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

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Information taken from the 303rd Bomb Group Unit History.

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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