Cole Bob, Flying Officer (DFC)

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Flying Officer Robert "Bob" Cole (RAF No. 1822716) was trained to fly in USA 1942, at Eagle Field, California. He returned to UK to fly Typhoon IBs with No. 3 Squadron until late February 1944, when the unit converted to Tempest Mk. Vs. He shared his first V-1 with Wing Commander Roland Beamont on 16 June 1944.

On the continent during the autumn he shot down an Messerschmitt 262, receiving a DFC shortly afterwards, which was gazetted on 1 December 1944.

On 26 November, during a sweep in the Münster-Rheine area he strafed Rheine airfield, destroying a Bf109, but during a second pass his aircraft was shot down by Flak. He baled out, spending the remaining months of the war in Stalag Luft 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cole's previous victory

 

Date Type claimed Aircraft flown Location of claim Unit
24 February 1944 1/3 LeO 45 Typhoon IB JP534 nr Louvain 3 Sqn

 

 Cole's victories in Tempest

 

Date Type claimed Aircraft serial number Location of claim Unit
16 June 1944 1/2 V-1 JN761 Faversham area 3
17 June 1944 1/2 V-1 JN768 N Ham Street 3
18 June 1944 V-1 JN759 Ivychurch 3
21 June 1944 V-1 JN768 10 m NW Hastings 3
21 June 1944 V-1 JN768 off Bexhill 3
23 June 1944 V-1     3
25 June 1944 V-1 JN768 7m N Hastings 3
29 June 1944 V-1     3
30 June 1944 V-1 JN768 NW Tonbridge 3
30 June 1944 V-1 JN768 Tonbridge area 3
12 July 1944 V-1     3
12 July 1944 1/2 V-1     3
19 July 1944 V-1 JN768 nr Appledore 3
22 July 1944 V-1 JN759 SE Kingsnorth 3
22 July 1944 V-1 JN759 17 m N Pevensey 3
22 July 1944 V-1 JN759   3
29 July 1944 V-1     3
16 August 1944 V-1     3
17 August 1944 V-1     3
19 August 1944 V-1     3
28 August 1944 2 V-1s   N Rye 3
13 October 1944 Me262 JN868 Grave 3
26 November 1944 Bf109 on ground JN822 Rheine airfield 3

 

Photo:
Ron Pottinger
Text:
Aces High Vol.2 by Christopher Shores