Shot Down: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth by Steve Snyder



Author Steve Snyder pens the exciting true account of the WWII B-17 Susan Ruth and it’s crew, piloted by his own father Howard Snyder.

Utilizing information taken from personal letters, interviews, declassified military records and verbal and written accounts, Steve Snyder has crafted together a fascinating and incredibly vivid account of the life and events of the crew of the Susan Ruth throughout the bombing campaigns in Europe during WWII.

Exhaustively researched and full of vibrant detail, Snyder gives the reader a very real feel for what it was like living in the tumultuous period of history- especially for the pilots and crew members.

Shot Down follows the story of Howard Snyder, who recorded much of his harrowing story in a personal journal he kept, chronicling the events leading up to and including being shot down over Belgium, hidden from the Germans by local townspeople, and eventually making his way across the border into France to join the Maquis (French resistance fighters). Along with this journal, the author used extensive research to fill in any blanks and bring this full story to light.

Even readers who aren’t particularly drawn to books on history will appreciate the incredible tale of these true American heroes during one of the darkest periods the world has ever known. What I absolutely loved about this book was the author’s remarkable attention to details in describing air combat and what it was like for the pilot and crew to be up in the air during a raid, the challenges they faced, and the hazards they had to overcome. Shot Down is a remarkable book that leaves the reader with a profound sense of awe and gratitude for all those who fought in WWII for the cause of freedom. A must-read, highly recommended!

Rating: 5 stars

I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author Steve Snyder

Steve graduated from UCLA with a B.A. degree in Economics and has lived in Seal Beach, California since 1972. After 36 years in national sales and sales management, he retired from Vision Service Plan (VSP) in 2009.

Soon after retirement, Steve began his quest to learn more about the World War II experiences of his father, pilot Howard Snyder, and his crew of the B-17, Susan Ruth, named after his older sister. It became his passion, and after 4 1/2 years of dedicated research, resulted in his book, Shot Down which has win 12 book awards.

One result of his new career as a World War II historian is that he is a member of numerous World War II associations and is Vice President of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.

In 1994, he traveled to Belgium for the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation of Belgium with his parents and then again in 2004 for the 60th. His attendance at the 70th Anniversary Celebrations in 2014 marked the official European launch of Shot Down.

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