World War II Veteran Dies

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He survived 51 missions as a tailgunner in Europe during World War II.

Local veteran Roger Krueger has died.

We first introduced you to Krueger in March.

At that time, he flew with his son Tim and grandson Blake on the last remaining B-24 Liberator Bomber.

It's the same type of aircraft he served in during the war.

His march flight with his family was part of the Collings Foundation "Wings of Freedom" tour.

Krueger's ashes will be laid to rest at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola February 6th at 2 p.m.

Roger Krueger was 90 years old.

With the help of his grandson Blake and son Tim, 89 year old Roger Krueger made his way to the last remaining B-24 Liberator Bomber in the world.

Seventy years ago, Krueger began his World War II service as a tail gunner in a B-24.

"It's a scary situation, people shooting at you, you can hear the anti-aircraft fire rattling against the side of the ship," said Krueger.

Krueger survived 51 missions.

They include the attack on the Ploiesti oil fields in Romania.

Fifty-three aircraft and 660 crewmen were lost in that raid.

Krueger says at that time, thoughts about a future and a family were measured.

"That was a distant dream," he said. "You thought about it, but you didn't know if you'd ever get there," said Krueger.

Seventy years later, Blake is now about the same age as Roger when he began his war service.

"He fought for this country and I'm very proud of him," said Blake Krueger.

"This is something I always wanted to do," said Tim Krueger. "So to be able to go up there with my dad who flew 51 missions and to have my son go with us, his grandson, that's just the icing on the cake," he said.

With the start of the propellers, the aircraft prepared for take off.

It's all part of non-profit Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom 110 city tour.

The next stop is Destin.

"It's certainly a great experience I'll remember for the rest of my life," said Blake Krueger.

"I think it's terrific,something I've wanted to do for a long time," said Roger Krueger.

His 90th birthday is in October.


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