Distinguished Lecturer: Bill Boyce

This weekend, join Czech Center Museum Houston for our Second Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring Bill Boyce. The evening will include a review of his book for sale and signing of Miss Fortune’s Last Mission.

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM
Tickets: Admission is free; please RSVP.
Contact: events@czechcenter.org or (713) 528-2060

About Miss Fortune’s Last Mission: Uncovering a Story of Sacrifice and Survival (Bright Sky Press):

Bill Boyce always wanted to know why his father, William D. Boyce, refused to discuss his tour of duty on a B-24 Liberator bomber during WWII. The experience had affected every aspect of his father’s life, but an unspoken agreement kept the topic classified. Bill failed to ask, and his father failed to tell.

Twenty-five years after his father’s death, Bill found Ray Noury, the one man who might tell him what his father would not. Noury had flown with Boyce during the fall and winter of 1943 and saved his life.

Their conversation led Bill to John Torrison, who had spent a decade tracking down facts about the crew and his uncle’s role as the tail gunner. Together, they searched stacks of old photographs, military records and family letters across America and in the Czech Republic, where the B-24 nicknamed Miss Fortune crashed on February 22, 1944.

Both intimate and historical, Miss Fortune’s Last Mission shows the impact the brave men who fought and died still have in the lives of the survivors who honor their sacrifices.

Details of the air war over Europe and the lives of the crew provide an important window on the human side of war. The authors’ search to understand the reverberations of the crash reveals the lasting effect of loss and healing power of sharing our stories.

Bill Boyce lives in Houston, Texas, where he practiced law for 18 years before becoming a justice on the state court of appeals. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and from Northwestern University School of Law. Before attending law school, he worked for newspapers in Illinois and Oregon.

He is married to Maria Wyckoff Boyce and is the proud father of daughters Emily and Julia.boycebook

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