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

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Set within the framework of World War II in Europe, SHOT DOWN tells the true story about the experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew, piloted by the author's father, after their plane was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgium border in 1944.  Their individual stories and those of the courageous Belgian people who risked their lives to help them are all different and are all remarkable. The hardcover book has more then 200 time period photographs of the people who were involved and the places where their stories took place.

About the Author

Author Name : 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 about the World War II experiences of his father, pilot Howard Snyder, and his crew of the B-17, Susan Ruth, named after his older sister. It became his passion, and after 4 1/2 of dedicated research, resulted in his book, Shot Down, which has received 20 national book awards. One result of his new career as a World War II historian is that he is a member of several World War II organizations and is President of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.

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