96-year-old WWII pilot shares stories of plane being shot down three times

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A WWII pilot, who statistics say should have been killed in combat, shared his story of survival.

One-star General Leo LaCasse joined the Army when he was just 15. He flew 35 combat missions in Europe and was shot down three times. Most flight missions averaged a 25 percent loss of life.

The third time LaCasse was shot down, he had to hike across Europe for four months to escape the Nazis.

During that time, he helped the French Resistance with secret missions. LaCasse was the only one of his ten-person crew to make it back home.

The 96-year-old B-17 pilot now travels around to share his story. He is also currently writing a memoir.