WWII Veteran's Story Subject Of Kansas Film

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) -- A Salina television producer's documentary about a World War Two airman is debuting at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, part of a three-year exhibit telling the story of the U.S. role in the war.

Phil Black's 90-minute documentary tells the story of Leo Perkins, a 95-year-old veteran who served on a B-17 over the skies of Europe.

Perkins was a flight engineer and top-turret gunner when his plane was shot down in August 1943 over the Netherlands. He spent the rest of the war in a German prisoner of war camp, a story Black says is reminiscent of the TV show ``Hogan's Heroes.''

Perkins, who lives in Texas, was scheduled to be in Abilene at the film's debut Sunday. He will discuss the film and his military career at the Eisenhower library.

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