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Unusual Sendoff for WWII Veteran

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The front lawn of Saint Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell is the chosen spot.

Eighty-eight year old Frances Kruer looks up at the blue sky. "I think it's the perfect day."

All of Robert Kruer's family is here, waiting. His wife. His six children. His nine grandchildren. His six great grandchildren. 

Inside the church, they will say a final goodbye to the 91 year old patriarch of this family. A World War II veteran who was a navigator on a B-29 in the war.

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Kruer's family waits on the lawn, eyes turned toward the sky, listening for the approach. 

"I hear it's loud," says one mourner.

In Honor of the man who got his crew out of many a dangerous spot with his navigational skills in the south pacific, the last operational B-29 in the world is heading for Saint Peter Chanel Church, flown by The Commemorative Air Force.

It's a few minutes past ten.

One man jokes, "It's stuck in traffic, over 400."

Moments later, the unmistakable roar can be hear. 

Kruer's daughter Mary Beth says, "I'm just getting chills right now."

And then she rises over the curtain of the woods, the B-29 named Fifi, flying above the people who loved Robert Kruer most in the world.

"Oh, dad," Mary Beth says. 

Kruer's wife blows a kiss to the plane, "Bless his heart."

Fifi makes a second pass over the Kruers. 

In tears, granddaughter Heather Brown says, "I was just shaking. I'm just proud of my grandpa and I love him miss him." 

Inside, the Kruers will celebrate their father, their grand and great grandfather and they will mourn him. 

Outside, he received an airborne gift, a goodbye. 

It was a tribute to a man devoted to country, and family. 

Wiping her tears away, Brown said, "That was what my mom calls a God wink, a hug from heaven."