One Last Mission for WWII Vet

By: Ted Williams Email
By: Ted Williams Email

Destin, Fl-- Roger Krueger is a member of America's Greatest Generation. During World War II, he served as a tail gunner in a B-24 Bomber. He flew his last mission in 1948.

Wednesday Krueger got the opportunity to climb aboard a Liberator, one more time and explained what it felt like,

"God awful terrific. I enjoyed it, and I'm cold. And it reminded me of a mission and I got plenty hot over the targets but when we got off of them it was just as cold here."

This is the last Liberator in existence.

It flies around the country as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour put on by The Collings Foundation.

Wednesday the crew picked-up Krueger in Tallahassee for the trip to the Destin Airport.

The 150-mile flight reminded Krueger of his service time in the European theater,

"We did all sorts of bombing. It was an experience I'll never forget."

Krueger's son and grandson accompanied the 87-year old for what was a once in a lifetime opportunity according to the son, Tim Krueger,

"To be able to do this. To be able to get in the same plane or at least the same kind of aircraft that dad flew 51 missions in and to be able to do it with him, and even to do it with Blake too, I mean that was just the icing on the cake".

The B-24 Liberator is one of several World War II aircraft models you can see this week at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

The wings of freedom tour is open Thursday from 9:00 to 4:30 pm.


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