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Luck of the draw : my story of the air war in Europe  Cover Image Large Print Book Large Print Book

Luck of the draw : my story of the air war in Europe / Frank Murphy.

"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.

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  • ISBN: 9798885790000
  • Physical Description: 775 pages (large print), 40 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company Cengage Learning, [2023]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged. Other aspects of the book may vary from the original edition."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Combat Aircrews : Coming of Age -- Before the War -- War Comes to America -- Hendricks Field, Sebring, Florida -- The 100th Bomb Group -- The 100th Stumbles -- The VIII Bomber Command -- Combat -- Dangerous Days, Desperate Hours -- Münster -- Stalag Luft III -- Liberation.
Subject: Murphy, Frank., 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.
Large type books.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library B MURPHY (Text) 33062009780603 New Large Print Nonfiction Available -

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