War Letters

 

1944 Western Union Missing In Action Feb 23 Telegram2Listed on this page is correspondence to or from B-17 Susan Ruth crew members and their relatives.  The majority are from during the war, but a few are from after it ended.  Of particular interest are the ones written by relatives to each other after the Susan Ruth was shot down on February 8, 1944, and the War Department reported the crew as missing in action (MIA).

Each letter has been scanned and saved as a PDF document which will open in a new window when the link is clicked on. They are listed below according to the date written.

1943  |  1944 1945  |  1946  |  1947 1988 1999

1943

George Eike (co-pilot) to a friend 

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George Eike (co-pilot) to his aunt 

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George Eike (co-pilot) to Norman family 

Download (PDF, 678KB)

George Eike (co-pilot) to a friend 

Download (PDF, 369KB)

Helen Eike (co-pilot’s wife) to aunt and uncle

Download (PDF, 201KB)

Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife) to Virginia Daniels (bombardier’s wife)

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1944

War Department telegram to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife) 

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Virginia Daniels (bombardier’s wife) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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War Department to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Helen Eike (co-pilot’s wife) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Mrs. Roy Holbert (flight engineer/top turret gunner’s mother) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Odyle Colwart (ball turett gunner’s mother) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Helen Eike (co-pilot’s wife) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Helen Eike (co-pilot’s wife) to Virginia Daniels (bombardier’s wife)

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Mrs. Roy Holbert (flight engineer/top turret gunner’s mother) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)  to Virginia Daniels (bombardier’s wife)

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Mrs. Roy Holbert (flight engineer/top turret gunner’s mother) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Joe Musial (waist gunner) to Odyle Colwart (ball turett gunner’s mother)

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1944 August 9 War Department to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Odyle Colwart (ball turett gunner’s mother) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Jane Benninger (navigator’s mother) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Odyle Colwart (ball turett gunner’s mother) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

Download (PDF, 1.62MB)

Postcards to Virginia Daniels (bombardier’s wife)

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Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife) to Virginia Daniels (bombardier’s wife)  partial

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Vivian Slenker (tail gunner’s mother) to Virginia Daniels (bombardier’s wife)

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Charlotte (Pindroch’s girlfriend) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Mrs. Roy Holbert (flight engineer/top turret gunner’s mother) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Grace Caldwell to Virginia Daniels (bombardier’s wife)

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Helen Eike (co-pilot’s wife) to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Howard Snyder (pilot) to Virginia Daniels (bombardier’s wife) partial

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War Department telegram to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Oliver Benninger (navigator’s brother) to Howard Snyder (pilot)

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1945

Howard Snyder (pilot) to Virginia Daniels (bombardier’s wife)

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Captain Thomas Jennings to the Snyders

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Nelly Bastien-Tilquin (Belgian helper) to Howard Snyder (pilot)

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Lt. Jack Cook to Ruth Snyder (pilot’s wife)

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Jack Martin (Belgian helper’s husband) to Howard Snyder (pilot)

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Mimie Gabriel (Belgian helper) to the Snyders (pilot)

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1946

Jack Martin (Belgian helper’s husband) to Howard Snyder (pilot)

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1947

Derwood Eike (co-pilot’s father) to surviving crew members or their relatives

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1988

Leland Dowden (P.O.W.) to Virginia Daniels (Bombadier’s wife)

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Howard Snyder (pilot) to Virginia Daniels (Bombadier’s wife)

Download (PDF, 860KB)

1999

Paul Fraikin (Belgian helper) to Howard Snyder (pilot) 

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