In this April 20, 1942 photo, Doolittle Raider Horace "Sally" Crouch of Columbia (front row, left) stands with other Doolittle Raiders in Suian, China near a rendevous spot for the Americans. The Raiders will celebrate the upcoming 60th anniversary of the daring WWII aerial attack on Japan in April 1942. Photographed on Tuesday 2/12/2002.
Blindfolded Lt. Robert L. Hite (co-pilot of Doolittle's Raiders crew #16)
United States Air Force Museum
Doolittle's Raiders B-25s crowd the flight deck of the USS Hornet on their way to bomb Tokyo in April of 1942.
U.S. Air Force
Lt. Richard Cole (center-right), co-pilot, stands next to Lt. Col. James Doolittle (center-left) and the rest of their crew from the 34th Squadron. Doolittle's bomber was the first over Japan and the first to drop it's payload. The crew was forced to bail-out over China.
A replica of Doolittle's B-25 bomber stands in Richard Cole's living room.
Richard Cole carries a parachute in this 1943 photo taken at a Douglass Aircraft Plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Richard Cole was co-pilot to James Doolittle on the epic raid to Japan during WWII.
A plaque of the Doolittle Radiers emblem hangs on the wall in Richard Cole's house in Comfort, Texas. The emblem is a conglomeration of the different groups that made up the Raiders. The Maltese Crosses come from the 17th Bomber Group. The 34th Squadron is represented by the Thunderbird. The 95th Squadron is the Mule. The 37th Squadron is the Tiger. The winged Helmet represents the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron. The motto "Toujours Au Danger" translates as "Ever into Peril".
Richard Cole was co-pilot to James Doolittle on the epic raid to Japan during WWII. Cole now lives in Comfort, Texas.
Doolittle's B-25 bomber, with Richard Cole as co-pilot, takes off from a carrier en route to Japan on April 18, 1942. "I was too busy to be nervous," said Cole of the take-off, the first ever attempted of a fully-loaded B-25 from a naval aircraft carrier.