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Shot Down.

Shot Down

Steve Snyder

Sea Breeze Publishing

601 Sea Breeze Drive Seal Beach, CA 90740 United States


9780986076008, $27.95, 376pp,

Synopsis: "Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth", the full and complete World War II story of the B-17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth presented in impressively detailed and vividly related detail. Author Steve Snyder's story of his father, Lieutenant Howard Snyder, and the Susan Ruth crew, provides in-depth details about many aspects of World War II few understand or know about including: the separation for young families as men went off to war; training before heading to foreign soil; military combat operations; underground and resistance and what Lt. Snyder did when he joined it; German atrocities toward captured crew and civilians; behind-the-scenes stories of the Belgium civilians who risked all to save American flyers who were in the air one moment, spiraling down in flames the next; the creation and dedication of the monument to the Susan Ruth and its crew located in Macquenoise, Belgium in 1989 . "Shot Down" was created from the vast number of letters and journals of Howard Snyder; diaries of men and women on the ground who rescued, sheltered and hid the crew; and interviews conducted by historians. Centered around the 306th Bomb Group in Thurleigh, England, it is informative, insightful and captivating.

Criteria: Even thought more than half a century has passed since the end of World War II, what American airmen fighting in the European theatre against the Nazi's should never be forgotten. Toward that end, "Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth" is a valued and strongly recommended addition to both community and academic library 20th Century Military History collections and supplemental studies reading lists. An inherently fascinating and deftly written account, "Shot Down" is an informed and informative reading for World War II history buffs and for personal reading lists it should be noted that it is available in a Kindle edition ($8.95) as well.

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Title Annotation:Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth
Publication:Small Press Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2015
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