At The Forefront Podcast: Catching Up With Lucky Luckadoo

In this compelling episode, host Tim Mallad welcomes distinguished guest John “Lucky” Luckadoo, former B-17 Flying Fortress pilot, the last living original pilot of the World War II Eighth Air Force 100th Bomb Group and Presbyterian Village North (PVN) resident, to explore his remarkable life and the significance of keeping his historical recounts alive. The two discuss Lucky’s book, Damn Lucky, detailing how that project came to life during the pandemic, and preview two upcoming, remarkable projects including an interactive holographic representation of Lucky coming soon to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. In addition, his group, “The Bloody Hundredth”, will be featured in a docu-series entitled Masters of the Air, scheduled to premiere in January of 2024, on Apple Plus. This special episode highlights the vital role storytelling plays in keeping history alive and serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made for our freedoms.


John Luckadoo was a wide-eyed 21-year-old lieutenant assigned to the Eighth Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group when he manned the controls and took to the sky for his first bombing mission as co-pilot of a famed B-17 Flying Fortress. The aeronautical revelation at Luckadoo’s fingertips could fly at altitudes of 35,000 feet for up to 2,800 miles and carried a hefty bomb payload supplemented by ten .50-caliber machine guns.

Luckadoo goes by Lucky, a nickname he earned while flying bombing runs over Nazi-occupied France and Germany. His group known as “The Bloody Hundredth” suffered staggering high casualties. By the war’s end in 1945, 36 of Luckadoo’s 40 classmates from flight school had either withdrawn from flying, been shot down, or killed in action.

John “Lucky” Luckadoo earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions during WWII. He currently resides at Presbyterian Village North in Dallas, Texas.

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