Book Details

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

An Amazon Best Seller and winner of 20 national book awards, 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 the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgiam border in 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 before being liberated by the U.S. Army. Their individual stories and those of the courageous Belgian people who risked their lives to help them are all different and are all remarkable.

Author Details

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. It became his passion, and after 4 ½ years of dedicated research, resulted in book, SHOT DOWN. One result of his new career as a World War II historian is that he is a member of numerous World War II organizations and is President of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.