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

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SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth By Steve Snyder SHOT DOWN The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B Susan Ruth Belgium February Shot Down and AliveFor the first time the full and complete story of the B Flying Fortress Susan Ruth is shared in unbelievable detail Author Steve Snyder s story of his f

  • Title: SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth
  • Author: Steve Snyder
  • ISBN: 9780986076008
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth By Steve Snyder Belgium February 8, 1944 Shot Down and AliveFor 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 seBelgium February 8, 1944 Shot Down and AliveFor 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 1989Shot 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.
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    1. Carole P. Roman on said:

      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 Synder, recounts the exploits of the crew from their family background, to training to the fiery crash that caused them to parachute and survive in enemy territory In a clear and crisp voice, Synder describes both his father and the world he lived in The budding romance with his mother, courtship an [...]

    2. C.P. Cabaniss on said:

      I received an audio copy of this book from the narrator through Audiobook Boom All opinions are my own While I really enjoyed a lot of things about this, I do think that it could have been powerful I learned a lot about WWII and the flight crews from the US who were involved There were many tidbits of information that I had either not thought about or never realized and I appreciated having them brought to my attention so I could think about them I really enjoyed the narrator He has the perfec [...]

    3. Elinor on said:

      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 downed Allied airmen.2 The personal letters between the crew of the Susan Ruth and their loved ones back home brought the story to life.3 Finding and interviewing the German pilot who shot down the American B 17 demonstrates the author s enthusiasm for research.4 This isn t just a personal tribute to [...]

    4. Manchester Military History Society (MMHS) on said:

      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 excellent and that takes right to the heart of the action over Germany.Highly recommended.

    5. Lisa Reinicke on said:

      This book was a Christmas gift because my dad was a pilot in WW2 I had trouble putting it down at night to go to sleep Steve s account of pilot training was very interesting They didn t have much flight time before we sent them overseas I also found it interesting how many ships were lost that were not related to the mission Then I got to the part about being shot down I just stayed up reading all night Put this on your must read list.

    6. Ms. Just One More Book(Kris Miller) on said:

      Using first hand accounts from various sources, Shot Down tells the true story of the B 17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth Author Steve Snyder relays the remarkable tale of his father, Lieutenant Howard Snyder, and the whole Susan Ruth crew on that fateful day of February 8, 1944.As war became imminent, American Howard Snyder voluntarily joined the army and was called to serve Newly married and wanting to provide financial support, Howard chose to train as a pilot As a B 17 pilot, he was soon flying [...]

    7. Stephen Maysonave on said:

      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 will find this book fascinating and exceptionally well researched I rated 4 stars simply because I struggled through some of the dialog, although not repetitious, was very detailed with similar themes It is amazing what the pilots went through at very young ages, the responsibilities they took on, and how lo [...]

    8. Patrick Shrier on said:

      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 Howard Snyder and the crew of the B 17 Susan Ruthis the story of the author s Father in World War II as a B 17 bomber pilot and his ordeals after being shot down over the Franco Belgian border in February 1944.The book itself is 335 pages of text with an extensive sources list and index The text is divide [...]

    9. R.D. on said:

      As the title suggests, Shot Down tells the story s of the B 17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth and its crew If you ve ever wondered what it was like to pilot a flying fortress, you are about to find out.Snyder displays an impressive knowledge of the subject matter and is keen to present his story with a high degree of historical accuracy The stories are based around the experiences of his father, and Snyder s passion for the subject shows He has left no stone unturned in his quest for authenticity, a [...]

    10. Cheryl on said:

      My reader friends know by now that I am a huge fan of WWII stories Of course one of my favorites in this genre are WWII aviation stories Since I was little I have been fascinated by aviation Some day I plan to pick up again my flying lessons and finish getting my pilot s license Ok enough about my interests and back to the book I thought the author did a very good job of sharing his father s story and that of the crew of the B 17 Susan Ruth The B17 is a four engine heavy bomber aircraft that was [...]

    11. Charles on said:

      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 the air battles will ever find It s extensively researched, well laced with photographs and a description of the daily life of the airmen of the Eight Air Force Bomber Groups, without sinking into sentimentalism and shock for the sake of shock.If you want to get an idea of what people lived through un [...]

    12. Richard Buro on said:

      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 with these planes started when I was young with a TV series about a fictitious English hamlet, Archbury, England, with an American bomber group the 918th commanded initially by Brigadier General Frank Savage, and later commanded by Colonel Paul Gallagher The first commander and the entire, initial setting w [...]

    13. Thelastwordreview on said:

      The Last Word Review As the title suggests, this is the true story of what happened to the B 17 bomber Susan Ruth and its crew The difference is it is written by the Pilots Son so it is a very personal account The crews of the B 17 bombers were some of the bravest, flying daylight missions over enemy territory, hitting important targets to deplete Germany s fighting capacity so many young men were lost flying deadly missions over Germany and occupied Europe On February 8, 1944 Howard Snyder s B [...]

    14. Mildred Little on said:

      Nate Sullivan, of War History Online, perfectly sums up Steve Snyder s well executed story of B 17 pilot, Howard Snyder and his crew A masterful work Enjoyable for those interested in the Eighth Air Force and or the B 17 Flying Fortress, but it is also broad enough to appeal to general history readers Insightful, engrossing, and succeeds on every level Bravo Shot Down is not just a story, but a perfect memoir to the men that flew and cared for Susan Ruth, Howard Snyder s B 17, and to all those t [...]

    15. Grady on said:

      It is our duty to remember California author Steve Snyder studied and gained his BA in Economics at UCLA, using that training in national sales and sales management Since retiring he has focused his fascination with World War II history, especially those of his father, pilot Howard Snyder and his crew of the B 17, Susan Ruth, named after his older sister After nearly five years of research he penned SHOT DOWN, and for an amateur historian he has won awards and applause form distinguished authors [...]

    16. Johanna on said:

      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, Sny [...]

    17. Tamara Kreuz on said:

      I was able to read a copy of this from Netgalley,, wherein you are given free copies of books in exchange for objective reviews I ve read a few books about bomber pilots in WWII, Wild Blue by Stephen Ambrose, Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand and when I saw that this was written by the pilot s son rather than a historian, I was a little apprehensive However, the book is extremely well written Steve Snyder masterfully weaves world events and what was happening in the war in other places into the sto [...]

    18. Margaret on said:

      I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to review.I have always been interested in WW 2 and reading Steve Snyder s account of his father, Lieutenant Howard Snyder, brought not just another story to light The author gave an honest and a very interesting and different perspective into what it was like to be a pilot of a B 17, dubbed the Flying Fortress The set up of the narrative, the openness and the details of the time was quite fresh and new to me The details about the planes and [...]

    19. Terri Wangard on said:

      Shot Down presents the full horror of living through a war, both of the airmen and the civilians in the occupied countries Steve Snyder s father did not talk much about his wartime experiences while Steve was growing up after Howard Snyder s death, Steve researched events in England and in Belgium and France Most participants in the war are no longer with us, which makes recording their stories so important.Much space is given to the historical context of the war, including the American invasion [...]

    20. Barbara Leaf on said:

      I won this book from but that didn t influence my review in any way I would recommend this book to anybody who was a pilot or had a friend or relative in the Airfare during WWII, especially if they flew over Belgium The book is not only a story of the brave men of the greatest generation and their planes, but it is also a reference book that is jam packed with information and facts There are details about the inside of the plane and the position of each man Among many, many other things, I learn [...]

    21. Pat DiGeorge on said:

      True story of the Susan Ruth , a B 17 shot down over Belgium on February 8, 1944 The author s Dad was the pilot and on this fateful day, as the burning plane began to fall apart, each crew member suffered a distinctly different fate.What was especially endearing to me was the love story Howard and Ruth married shortly before he went to war Susan Ruth was their baby daughter, and of course there was no other name considered for his new flying fortress than hers Steve is fortunate to have every le [...]

    22. Donna Maguire on said:

      I was delighted to be given an opportunity to read this book I have been reading around a lot of the subject matter of WWII and this synopsis immediately drew my attention, I do love a true story I really loved the way that the book was written and the extracts from the authors father to his mother when he was overseas are touching and I feel privileged to have been able to read these The descrptions in the book are fantastic and it really goes in to the detail of what it would have been like to [...]

    23. Philip Bailey on said:

      An excellent portrayal of the bombing runs of the second world war Descriptions of riding inside a bomber over Germany, being attacked by German fighter planes, flying through flak and anti aircraft fire This is likely one of the most realistic accounts I have read and it answered many questions I have often pondered regarding formation flying and high altitude without pressurization The additional details of being shot down and surviving with the help of underground resistance groups is a bonus [...]

    24. Valerity * on said:

      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 story of the author s father Howard, the pilot of the Susan Ruth, named after Steve s sister How he and his crew were shot down over Belgium that 8th of February, 1944, and what happens to everyone after that.Then it really gets good But you ll have to get it and read it for yourself to find out what a [...]

    25. R.W. Lang on said:

      Historical account of the military career of First Lieutenant Howard Snyder and the crew of the B 17G, named for Snyder s daughter Susan Ruth Beginning with his enlistment in the US Army, the story follows Snyder through training, flight schools, missions over Europe, being shot down, being sheltered, service to The Maquis and finally liberation near the end of the war It also chronicles the lives of his crew who endured capture, imprisonment and some death at the hands of German forces Steve Sn [...]

    26. Karen on said:

      Such an interesting story about the war and filled with such details I felt as if I was living through it myself After finishing this book, I want to learn about my own father s time in the war He was also a pilot and flew over the Hump I have a book that includes many of the pilots, my father included, that flew over the Hump, that I will certainly read with interest now.

    27. Michael on said:

      Interesting read, especially the supporting information on how Army Air Corps pilots were selected for plane type, training they went through for the B 17, even to the cold weather clothing they had to wear during their missions Not really a war story in itself, but so a narrative of one plane, one crew, and their lives intertwined with the Susan Ruth A really good read.

    28. Tom Dunn on said:

      If you want to read an inspiring story then this book is for you Author Steve Snyder has told a story of courage and sacrifice made by the crew of the Susan Ruth that should cause all Americans to thank God that there were such men as his father and his crew who were willing to fight for our freedoms It is a very insightful story and very informative to those who love military history.

    29. Cindy Novak-delaurell on said:

      Amazing read This book kept me riveted from start to finish Steve makes you feel like you are actually part of the crew with the details and descriptions of what these men endured a must read for anyone who is interested in WWII

    30. Steve on said:

      An amazing story of a B17 pilot who was shot down over Belgium and captured by the Germans and later escaped and was hidden by the Belgians I also enjoyed the detailed description of the B17 Flying Fortresses and describes the conditions the crew went through in the bomber and on the missions.

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