Luck of the Draw My story of the Air War in Europe by Frank Murphy


Luck of the Draw has a stunning original signature of the lead navigator from the 100th Bomb Group Major Harry H Crosby.

Many years ago I was fortunate enough to be in contact with Major Crosby via our good friend the aviation artist Gil Cohen. He very kindly offered to sign some plates for me, I obviously sent a donation to him to the charity of his choice.

We only have EIGHT copies available.

In the pursuit of authenticity, of the 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.

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 28,000 men were taken prisoner or interned in a neutral country: and a further 26,000 made the ultimate sacrifice.

Luck of the draw is more than a war story. It’s the incredible, inspiring tale of  Frank Murphy, one of the few survivors from the 100th Bombardment Group, who cheated death for months in an German POW camp after being shot out of his B-17 Flying Fortress. His bravery earned him the Prisoner of War Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Air Medal.




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