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  • Lt Col Dick Cole, last surviving Doolittle Raider, passes away at age 103

    A legendary chapter in Air Force history has come to a close. Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole, the last survivor of the “Doolittle Raid,” died April 9, in San Antonio. “Our last remaining Doolittle Raider has slipped the surly bonds of Earth, and has reunited with his fellow Raiders," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein On April 18, 1942, the U.S. Army Air Forces and the Doolittle Raiders attacked Tokyo in retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which boosted American morale in the early months of World War II. “We will miss Lt. Col. Cole, and offer our eternal thanks and condolences to his family,” Goldfein said.
  • Air Force's National Museum to commemorate 75th Anniversary of D-Day with events in May and June

    On June 6, 1944, D-Day - the largest amphibious assault in history - took place as more than 150,000 American, British, and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coast. This risky invasion of France’s Normandy region caused over 4,000 Allied casualties on the first day alone. Code-named Operation Overlord, the Normandy campaign led to the liberation of France and the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. According to National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Curator Jeff Duford, the contribution of the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) to the D-Day invasion was essential to its success and unprecedented in its concentration and size.
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