Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

Belgium ... February 8, 1944 ... Shot Down and Alive
For the first time, the full and complete story of the B-17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth is shared in unbelievable detail. Author Steve Snyder’s story of his father, Lieutenant Howard Snyder, and the Susan Ruth crew, provides in-depth details about many aspects of World War II few understand or know about including the:

• separation for young families as men went off to war;
• training before heading to foreign soil;
• military combat operations;
• underground and resistance and what Lt. Snyder did when he joined it;
• German atrocities toward captured crew and civilians;
• behind-the-scenes stories of the Belgium civilians who risked all to save American flyers who were in the air one moment, spiraling down in flames the next;
• creation and dedication of the monument to the Susan Ruth and its crew located in Macquenoise, Belgium in 1989.

Shot Down was created from the vast number of letters and journals of Howard Snyder; diaries of men and women on the ground who rescued, sheltered and hid the crew; and interviews conducted by historians. Centered around the 306th Bomb Group in Thurleigh, England, it is informative, insightful and captivating.

For most, 70 years is a long time ago. World War II fades in importance as each year goes by. Shot Down moves history out of the footnotes into reality, keeping the stories of real people alive as they experience being shot down. You are there, almost holding your breath as Lt. Snyder gets his crew out of his B-17 when bailing out over Nazi occupied Europe.

Title:Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780986076008
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    Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth Reviews

  • Valerity (Val)

    I found this to be a wonderful book about the aviation effort of WWII, it really told a lot about what the pilots went through, the significant losses compared to other groups. But it also told the st...

  • Carole P. Roman

    Meticulous and endearing tribute to the crew of the B17 Flying Fortress, the Susan Ruth during World War II. Complied by letters and records left behind, author Steven Snyder, son of the pilot, Howard...

  • Johanna

    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...

  • Richard Buro

    The revised, edited version first . . . If I could only write one thing of which I am a diehard fan my immediate answer would be aircraft, specifically Boeing’s B-17 Flying Fortress. My love affair ...

  • Stephen Maysonave

    Overall, an unusual and eye-opening read. History buffs, particularly individuals interested in WWII pilot training, actual flight bombing / combat narratives, and tribulations of "downed pilots". wil...

  • Robin Loves Reading

    A PORTION OF THE BLURB FROM GOODREADS: For the first time, the full and complete story of the B-17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth is shared in unbelievable detail. Author Steve Snyder’s story of his fa...

  • Cold War Conversations Podcast

    A powerful read. Steve Snyder's passion to tell the story of his father certainly shines through.The small details of the training and the equipment brought it all alive. The descriptive prose is exce...

  • Elinor

    I really enjoyed the is book for the following reasons:1. I learned a lot about the bravery of the Belgian resistance. At times, my jaw dropped when I read about the incredible risks they took to save...

  • Charles

    This thoroughly engaging non-fiction story of the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth, shot down over Belgium on February 8th, 1944 is one of the most worthwhile reads anyone interested in WWII history and th...

  • Patrick Shrier

    [FULL DISCLOSURE: I received my copy of this book free from the author and/or publisher. I was not paid for this review and the opinion expressed is purely my own]SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Ho...