“The Footlocker,” a one-hour documentary on a World War II veteran killed in action, will be shown at the Base Theater at Robins Air Force Base at 3 and 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.
The film follows the life and legacy of Lt. Fred Kleps, a B-17 navigator in the Army Air Corps in World War II. Kleps was killed in April 1944.
Kleps’ belongings — his uniform, photographs and letters — were kept in a footlocker, discovered by his nephew 60 years later.
The final scene of the film was shot at Robins earlier this year. In the scene, airmen from the 5th Combat Communications Group, playing the role of current-day deploying U.S. troops, load into an aircraft with their combat gear.
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The appearance of the modern-day airmen “will help carry this story of one war, one family and one fallen hero to a new generation of servicemen and women and their families,” Julie Gerisch, the director of “The Footlocker,” said in an Air Force news release.