Veteran to fly home next week thanks to the Queensland RSL

HOWARD'S war hero Ken Crockford and his wife Lesley will be flown home to Australia next week after living through a seven-week nightmare.

Lance Cpl Crockford has been deemed fit to fly by British Airways and Qantas, and will board a flight in Germany next Wednesday before flying into Brisbane on Friday.

The couple and a nurse will fly business class thanks to a $15,000 donation by the Queensland RSL.

Lance Cpl Crockford and his wife have been stuck in a German nursing home since he fell ill while cruising the Rhine River seven weeks ago.

The family have struggled to gather money to fly the couple home after paying for medical bills, however the latest donation will mean the veteran, his wife Lesley and an accompanying nurse will leave from Germany next week.

His son Wayne said his outgoing 92-year-old father was relieved to be heading home.

"We have never seen so much generosity," he said.

Wayne said it was his father's personality that landed him in this situation.

"He's a wonderful man but he's a very stubborn and determined man - that's why he went overseas at 92 years old,"

Wayne said. "He's not going anywhere anymore - I'm going to take his passport," Wayne joked.

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