Have you read ‘Luck of the Draw’?

In an extract from his book, ‘Luck of the Draw’: My Story of the Air War in Europe – soon to be featured in Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ hugely anticipated TV Series, Masters of the Air – former USAAF B-17 navigator and POW Frank Murphy reveals how he and his crew fought for their lives in the hostile skies of Germany during World War Two…

October 10, 1943. As United States Army Air Force navigator Frank Murphy and the rest of ‘Crew No. 31’ gathered their gear at Thorpe Abbotts in Norfolk, the 22-year-old from Georgia couldn’t help but wonder about the unusual name the Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress about to carry him to war carried – Aw-R-Go. A relatively new ‘F’, 42-30725 had arrived at Thorpe Abbotts the previous month, it was assigned to the Eighth Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group (BG) 350th Bomb Squadron (BS). Today, it was being borrowed by the neighbouring 418th.

But what did Aw-R-Go mean? Could it have been “Here We Go” in a heavy cockney accent? Who knows, but it was a mystery that could wait for now. The target for the day was the railroad marshalling yards in the northwest German city of Münster.


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