Jan 222017

Daily News




Reviewed by Aaron W. Hughey 

“Because Howard Snyder was the last man to bail out of the plane, he came down about 10 miles further west than the rest of the crew,” Steve Snyder explains in “Fate of the Crew,” the 28th chapter of “Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth,” his meticulously-researched account of his father’s experience during World War II.

“When he landed in Macquenoise, Belgium, at around 1:30 in the afternoon, his parachute snagged in some trees, leaving him hanging some 20 feet above the ground,” he continues. “Two young Belgian farmers, Raymond Durvin and Henri Fraikin, saw Snyder coming down and ran to the area. Seeing him dangling from the trees, they went to get a ladder and rope to rescue him. When they came back, they threw him the rope so he could tie it around his waist, and then ,,,, 

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May 072015

Steve Snyder always considered his father a hero. But it wasn’t until after his own retirement, and years after his father’s death, that he learned just how much of a story Howard Snyder had to tell.

Howard SnyderThe younger Snyder, 67, recounts his father’s time as a pilot on the B-17 Susan Ruth during World War II in his first book, “Shot Down.” The book gives an insightful glimpse into the lives of Howard Snyder and his crew members by sharing intimate diary entries, letters written to loved ones back home and photographs, as well as accounts of historical events, such as when the Susan Ruth was shot down in Belgium on Feb. 8, 1944.

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Mar 132015
Foreword Review Finalist

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Reviewed by Claire Foster 

Detailed research puts the reader inside the cockpit, shoulder to shoulder with the pilot and crew.

Steve Snyder’s masterful book, Shot Down, does justice to the adventures of his father, pilot Howard Snyder, and the crew of the B-17 plane Susan Ruth. Using first-hand accounts from diary entries, letters, and family stories, Snyder revives experiences that are accessible and relevant both to historians and readers with a casual interest in WWII history.  

The Susan Ruth’s crew was composed of ten men, four officers and six enlisted, and made up a true cross-section of American society. “They were college graduates, farmers, lawyers, and coal miners, from all nationalities and … Continue reading …

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Feb 012015

WOW what a read! I highly recommend this book to broaden your knowledge of air missions over Europe during WWII!

This book is a memoir of Steve Snyder’s father, Howard Snyder. Howard was the pilot in command of the B-17 Susan Ruthand along with the nine other members of his crew flew missions over Europe while attached to 306th Bomb Group.

This book grabs your attention buy starting with a first person account from Howard about how they were shot down while on a mission over Europe. It then regresses to give Howard’s experiences while growing up, and then progresses with Howard’s pilot training, arrival in Europe, missions, shot down over Belgium, the resistance, capture, prison camp, liberation, and return to Belgium for remembrance. This book is well written and besides being a memoir of Howard Snyder’s experiences it also … read the rest on the IPMS/USA Reviews website.

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Jan 262015
WWII As it Happens

Steve Snyder has done a magnificent job of producing a tribute to the B-17 crews of the Eight Air Force generally, and the people of the Resistance in Occupied Europe. The story he has to tell is based on the recollections and contemporary letters of his father Howard Snyder. His wartime career was in itself remarkable, for he began flying during some of the most dangerous days of bombing in 1943, before the long range fighters arrived, but then successfully ‘baled out’ of his burning aircraft and ended up joining the Resistance.

But “Shot Down” goes much further than recount one man’s adventures. Steve Snyder paints a fully rounded picture of all the events during this period, from what it was like to train as a pilot and then join a Bomb Group, through to what it was like to live in wartime Britain, and then later find oneself on the run in occupied Europe. He follows the fortunes of the other members of the crew who were shot down at the same time – and in doing so tells us about the fate of men who were not as fortunate to find sanctuary as his father was.

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