Loved ones remember WWII veteran killed in Fredericksburg plane crash

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SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) — “A wonderful, wonderful, wonderful man,” Robert Rowan said Monday afternoon about his 93-year-old neighbor, Vince Losada. 

Losada was killed over the weekend in Fredericksburg when a P-51 Mustang he was flying in crashed. His pilot was 73-year-old Cowden Ward, Jr. who was also killed.

“Flabbergasted. What can you say,” said Rowan. 

Losada’s neighbors said they learned of their neighbor’s death late Saturday evening, several hours after the crash.

They were still shocked as they described the 93-year-old as a proud veteran who lived his life to the fullest.

“The longer they live, the more life they have, you expect them to keep going forever and ever,” said Liberty Phillips. She said she met Losada during an honor flight. He would often tell her, “I’m so busy doing nothing I don’t have time to do anything.”

Losada was a bombardier who flew in B-17’s during the second World War.

“On his 25th bombing mission, his plane was hit, and it took most of his arm off,” Phillips said. 

But being an amputee didn’t stop Losada from attending events organized for veterans. Earlier this year, a Nexstar station in Wichita Falls interviewed Losada during a WWII reunion event. 

His friends said he was so looking forward to flying in a P-51 Mustang, which was also used during World War II.

While devastated by the loss, they found small comfort knowing that Losada died doing what he loved.

“He was never a victim. He saw that he survived and he had a second chance at life, so he made the most out of it,” Phillips said. “Every opportunity you have, really take it, hug your family, hug your loved ones.”

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