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The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

By Steve Snyder

Sea Breeze Publishing LLC, Hardcover, 9780986076008, 376pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2014

Shot Down is about author Steve Snyder’s father, Howard Snyder, the ten man crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth, and the unique experiences of each man after their plane was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgium border on February 8, 1944. Some men died. Some were captured and became prisoners of war. Some evaded the Germans for awhile but were betrayed, captured, and shot. Some men evaded capture and were missing in action for seven months. The stories are all different and are all remarkable.

Praise For SHOT DOWN
Award-Winning Finalist in the “History: General” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards

Award-Winning Finalist in the “History: Military” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards

Award Winning Honorable Mention in General Non-Fiction of the 2014 Southern California Book Festival

"A great introduction to the history of the U.S. air war in Europe, humanized by the experience of a single bomber crew." --Publishers Weekly

"Snyder’s masterful book puts the reader inside the cockpit, shoulder to shoulder with the pilot and crew. Accessible and relevant both to historians and readers with a casual interest in WWII history, Shot Down a must-read for anyone with an interest in this gripping period of American history. --Foreword Reviews Clarion 5 Star Review