Luck of the Draw Presentation and Discussion


Tattered Cover is pleased to welcome Chloe Melas and Elizabeth Murphy, who wrote the foreword to Frank D. Murphy's Luck of the DrawThe two will be discussing Murphy's book at our Colorado Springs location on March 15th at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.


“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.)


Frank D. Murphy survived months in a German POW camp after being shot out of his B-17 fighting fortress.  His bravery earned him the Purple Heart, Air Medal and the POW Medal.  He died in 2007 at age 85. a German POW
Chloe Melas is an entertainment reporter for CNN, covering breaking celebrity news, industry analyses and in-depth investigations. She currently resides in New York with her husband and two sons.
Elizabeth Murphy holds a Masters of English Literature from Northern Arizona University and is the author of numerous children's books. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was born and raised

Luck of the Draw: My Story of the Air War in Europe By Frank Murphy, Chloe Melas (Contributions by), Elizabeth Murphy (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Frank Murphy, Chloe Melas (Contributions by), Elizabeth Murphy (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781250866899
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 28th, 2023

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Location: Colorado Springs