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Luck of the draw : my story of the air war in Europe / Frank Murphy ; foreword by Chloe Melas, and Elizabeth Murphy.

Murphy, Frank D., 1921-2007 (author.). Melas, Chloe, (writer of foreword.). Murphy-Melas, Elizabeth, (writer of foreword.).


""In the pursuit of authenticity, of accurate history and undeniable courage, no words matter more than, 'I was there.' Read Luck of the Draw and the life of Frank Murphy and ponder this: how did those boys do such things?" -Tom Hanks The epic true story of an American hero who flew during WWII, soon to be featured in the upcoming Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks TV Series, Masters of the Air. Beginning on August 17, 1942, American heavy bomber crews of the Eighth Air Force took off for combat in the hostile skies over occupied Europe. The final price was staggering. 4,300 B-17s and B-24s failed to return; nearly 21,000 men were taken prisoner or interned in a neutral country, and a further 17,650 made the ultimate sacrifice. Luck of the Draw is more than a war story. It's the incredible, inspiring story of Frank Murphy, one of the few survivors from the 100th Bombardment Group, who cheated death for months in a German POW camp after being shot out of his B-17 Flying Fortress. Now with a new foreword written by his granddaughter Chloe Melas, of CNN, and daughter Elizabeth Murphy. "A gripping, inspirational account of incredible bravery, resilience, and sheer will to survive. A truly extraordinary story!" -General David Petraeus, U.S. Army (Ret.)"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250866899
  • ISBN: 9781250284150
  • Physical Description: 454 pages 22 cm
  • Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Combat Aircrews: Coming of Age -- Before the War -- The War Comes to America -- Hendricks Field, Sebring, Florida -- The 100th Bomb Group -- The 100th Stumbles -- The VIII Bomber Command -- Combat -- Dangerous Days, Desperate Hours -- M√ľnster -- Stalag Luft III -- Liberation.
Subject: Murphy, Frank D., 1921-2007.
United States. b Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group, 100th.
United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Squadron (H), 418th.
Stalag Luft III.
World War, 1939-1945 > Prisoners and prisons, German.
World War, 1939-1945 > Personal narratives, American.
Prisoners of war > Germany > Biography.
Prisoners of war > United States > Biography.
Flight navigators, Military > Biography.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Webb City Public. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Webb City Public Library.


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Webb City Public Library New 940.54 Murphy, Frank (Text) 38262300009163 Adult Fiction Available -

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