Dick Cole's war : Doolittle raider, hump pilot, air commando /

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Main Author: Okerstrom, Dennis R., 1946- (Author)
Corporate Author: ProQuest (Firm)
Format: Book Electronic
Published:Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri Press, [2015]
Series:American military experience series.
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With the 100th anniversary of his birth on September 7, 2015 Dick Cole has long stood in the powerful spotlight of fame that has followed him since his B-25 was launched from a Navy carrier and flown toward Japan just four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In recognition the tremendous boost Doolittle's Raid gave American morale, members of The Tokyo Doolittle Raiders were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in May 2014.

Doolittle's Raid was only the opening act of Cole's flying career during the war. When that mission was complete and all of the 16 aircraft had crash-landed in China, many of the survivors were assigned to combat units in Europe. Cole remained in India after their rescue and was assigned to Ferrying Command, flying the Hump of the Himalayas for a year in the world's worst weather, with inadequate aircraft, few aids to navigation, and inaccurate maps. More than 600 aircraft with their crews were lost during this monumental effort to keep China in the war, but Cole survived and rotated home in 1943. He was home just a few months when he was recruited for the First Air Commandos and he returned to India to participate in Project 9, the aerial invasion of Burma.

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Physical Description:1 online resource.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-303) and index.
ISBN:9780826273550 electronic bk.
0826273556 electronic bk.
Author Notes:

Dennis R. Okerstrom is Professor of English at Park University, a certified flight instructor, and the author of four previous books including The Final Mission of Bottoms Up : A World War II Pilot's Story and Project 9: The Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II (both with University of Missouri Press) . He owns and flies a restored 1942 Army scout plane and is the recipient of numerous awards for scholarship and teaching. He lives in Independence, Missouri.

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