Salina Man’s WW II Documentary To Debut

A Salina man’s documentary about a World War II 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 Holland. 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 to be in Abilene at the film’s debut Sunday at the library. He will discuss the film and his military career.