New England Air Museum
Rudolph Alexander Cola

Rudolph Cola, WWII

Last Address:

3 Stonehenge Lane, Malvern, PA 1355



Family Information:

Parents: Laura and Benjamin; Wife: Mary; Children: Rita, Kathleen, Michael, Robert, Mark, Maria.


Philadelphia, PA

Date Entered Service:

March 28, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:



22nd Air Depot Group, 97th Repair Sqd.

Location of Unit:

Oklahoma City, OK

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane Mechanic

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:


Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

February 12, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Employed by Burroughs/Unisys Corp. for 30 years. At retirement my classification was Senior Staff Scientist.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I can never forget the great friendships that I developed during my duty in CBI and Okinawa. Many of us were like brothers always looking out for each other. The emotional gamut that was scaled during a mission and prior to one made young boys into highly motivated and focused young men.


Mr. Cola passed away July 27, 2010 and is buried at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham, PA


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