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.
The 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.
(the article is no longer available) [updated 11/5/19]
Along with many others I am delighted that you have taken on the responsibility of running the 306th Bomb Group Association.
I’ve read Shot Down and was overwhelmed by the detailed information and your writing. It brought back many memories of my time in the 306th, the most dramatic year of my life. The time and effort that you put into it had to be enormous. It’s too bad your father never had a chance to read it. Thank you for preserving the history of the group
All the best.
Hi Walt. I replied directly so I hope you received my email response. Steve