Bush Museum After Hours: A Conversation with WWII Pilot John "Lucky" Luckadoo and Author Dr. Donald L. Miller


July 11, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Photo: Early 1944, A U.S. Army Air Force B-17F flies over continental Europe.  Photo taken by Captain William D. Aheron (96th Bomb Group, 338th Bomb Squadron) while completing one of his 25 missions over occupied Europe.

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In collaboration with the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, please join us at the George W. Bush Presidential Museum for an evening with historian and author of Masters of the Air Dr. Donald L. Miller and longtime Dallas resident Major John “Lucky” Luckadoo, who flew 25 missions in a B-17 during World War II. Jason Galui, Director for Veterans and Military Families at the Bush Institute, will moderate this discussion. A meet and greet with both speakers will follow the conversation.

Your ticket purchase includes entry to the event and conversation at the Bush Museum. Add-ons are available for purchase when you register for the event including pre-signed copies of the books, Damn Lucky and Masters of the Air.

When checking out online, please select pick up for the delivery method to receive your book purchase at the event. Books may be picked up on event day upon your arrival.

Major John “Lucky” Luckadoo served as a pilot and co-pilot in the 100th Bomb Group of the Eight Air Force, nicknamed the “Bloody Hundredth.” In 1943, Luckadoo flew 25 deadly combat missions over France and Germany in B-17 Flying Fortresses. Drawn from his firsthand accounts, the biography Damn Lucky: One Man’s Courage During the Bloodiest Military Campaign in Aviation History by bestselling author and journalist Kevin Maurer chronicles Luckadoo’s astonishing wartime experiences.

Donald L. Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books, the John Henry MacCracken Emeritus Professor of History at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, and one of the most respected authorities on World War II, the Civil War, and Modern US History. Miller is widely acclaimed for his books on World War II, most notably the New York Times bestseller Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany (2007). The book recently was developed into a dramatic 9-part miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks for Apple TV+.

Schedule of Events

5:00 p.m. Check in opens at the Bush Museum entrance
6:00 p.m. Program promptly begins*
7:00 p.m. Program concludes

Note: The George W. Bush Presidential Museum permanent exhibit in The Boeing Company Exhibition Gallery and special exhibit in The Bradford M. Freeman Exhibition Gallery will be open.

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Meet and greet with speakers
8:00 p.m. Exhibits and Museum Store close

* Note: In consideration of our speakers and guests in attendance, the program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Please plan accordingly to avoid any delays for your arrival.

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Your ticket purchase includes entry to the event, conversation, and meet and greet at the Bush Museum.

Add-ons are available for purchase when you register for the event including a pre-signed copy of Damn Lucky and Masters of the Air.