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Subtitle The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan ruth
By Steve Snyder
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Sea Breeze Publishing LLC

ISBN 978-0986076015
Non-Fiction Genre Other
Publication Date 04/15/2014
Price 21.84
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SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II in Europe and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by author Steve Snyder’s father, was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over Belgium in 1944.

Authors Biography

A graduate of UCLA, Steve Snyder lives in Seal Beach, California. In 2009, he retired from Vision Service Plan (VSP), and after 4 ½ years of dedicated research, resulted in his book, SHOT DOWN. Steve is immediate past president of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.


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

Foreword Reviews 5 Star Clarion Rating – Snyder’s masterful book puts the reader inside the cockpit. A must-read for anyone with an interest in this gripping period of American history. – Claire Foster

Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews 5 Star Review – Steve Snyder’s military history book, Shot Down, reads like a novel, yet it isn’t. I found myself totally immersed. It’s most highly recommended. – Jack Magnus

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  1. This book showed the trials of the air crews during World War 2. It showed the willingness of the people to help our guys return to their bases, at great harm to themselves for doing so; if caught by the enemy. I am grateful that & my thaanks as well.

  2. What a wonderful and true account of an important part of WWII!

  3. If you appreciate WWII history books, it doesn’t get better than this! Full of first-hand testimony from journals and interviews, you will be transported into the B-17 Susan Ruth as it gets shot down over Nazi-occupied Belgium, and go through the trials and tribulations of the men who were either evaded, were captured, sent to prisoner of war camps… or executed. A great read for men and women, adults and children, that will instill a deeper and understanding of what the Greatest Generation sacrificed on our behalf. If it wasn’t a true story, you’d bet this was a movie.

  4. Absolutely a great book! A true description of the Greatest Generation! I couldn’t put it down!

  5. Excellent tribute, highly recommend this book and author

  6. Wonderfully written story of a World War II B-17 bomber crew and their experiences. Many books of this type focus primarily on the crew — as they should — but Snyder also brings out the story of those who were willing to help the Americans, even though they were living in occupied countries.

  7. Awesome true story about true American heroes, it’s well written and great book

  8. A very educational and interesting book to read!!!

  9. This is an excellent book. A wonderful salute to a fascinating era in America’s history!

  10. As daughter of a B 17 pilot
    My love is the War Birds & The crews that flew in them..
    Ive just begun Mr Synders book & its HARD to put down!
    But i have to work!! =)
    Thank you Steve for Putting pen to paper Sir..

  11. Great book!

  12. Could not put this book down. Had me gripped all the way through. Makes you realise what dangers they faced rescuing people and how they must have feared for their lives and those of their families. The figures listed at the end were an eye opener as to just how many people died fighting for their country. So sad.

  13. Such a well written book and so informative. Having met Howard, made it even more intriguing

  14. Very interesting and wonderful book!!!!

  15. Part of history that will live forever.

  16. Very interesting and well done.

  17. This book details a great story of courage and patriotism and the men who struggled and suffered to keep America and the world free.

  18. An amazing read! This book was my first introduction to the B17 Flying Fortress. The story takes the reader on a great journey!

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