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Shot Down The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B 17 Susan Ruth free read ¸ 9 ¶ Belgium February 8 1944 Shot Down and Alive For the first time the full and complete story of the B 17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth is shared in unbelievable detail Author Steve Snyder’Tance 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;• creation and dedication of the monument to the Susan Ruth and its crew located in Macuenoise 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 shel. A PORTION OF THE BLURB FROM GOODREADS For the first time the full and complete story of the B 17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth is shared in unbelievable 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;• creation and dedication of the monument to the Susan Ruth and its crew located in Macuenoise Belgium in 1989Shot 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 captivatingUOTE FROM THE BOOK This book is a nonfiction hstorical documentary Every incident about the crew members has been taken from personal letters interviews declassified military records and verbal and written by the people who were involved 70 years agoMY VIEWSShot Down is a compelling read It is full of interesting facts and tidbits as to how the pilot and crew man the planes during this difficult time in history The author began his research with the diaries and letters of his father Lieutenant Howard Snyder the pilot of the Susan Ruth a B17 bomber and other reference materials including previous books and even films made about that time Indeed a well researched bookThis is the first book of this type for me I am very glad that I had the opportunity to read it There were many many things about the war that I was not aware of The diaries photographs and letters that Howard and other crew members wrote to their families were just so tender and sad This helped to show the humanity that existed behind the war Kudos for Steve Snyder for presenting things in this manner 

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Tered and hid the crew; and interviews conducted by historians Centered around the 306th Bomb Group in Thurleigh England it is informative insightful and captivatingFor most 70 years is a long time ago World War II fades in importance as each year goes by Shot Down moves history out of the footnotes into reality keeping the stories of real people alive as they experience being shot down You are there almost holding your breath as Lt Snyder gets his crew out of his B 17 when bailing out over Nazi occupied Europe. The revised edited version first If I could only write one thing of which I am a diehard fan my immediate answer would be aircraft specifically Boeing’s B 17 Flying Fortress My love affair with these planes started when I was young with a TV series about a fictitious English hamlet Archbury England with an American bomber group the 918th commanded initially by Brigadier General Frank Savage and later commanded by Colonel Paul Gallagher The first commander and the entire initial setting was originally written as a novel Twelve O’clock High written by Beirne Lay Jr and Sy Bartlet as well as which first became a 1949 motion picture of the same name starring Gregory Peck Hugh Marlowe Dean Jagger and Gary Merrill The planes flown in all of the iterations of Twelve O’clock High were always either B 17F or B 17G variants Of course little kids could not read the books since they contained bad language and sometimes mature behavior not meant for the eyes of youngsters still in elementary school We made models of the B 17s and the P 51 fighters all 172 scale to match up with our outfits of the same scale soldiers and Matchbox military vehicles We played for hours with these items blissfully unaware that our fathers had both fought in World War II and our grandmother had worked in a plant making the 500 pound General Purpose bombs the very planes dropped on Nazi held EuropeThe children we were matured as all things in an ideal world are supposed to be We got old enough to remember the names and authors of books we wanted to read when we “grew up” Our ideal world was suddenly and irrevocably transformed into a world of death destruction attrition hardship Final Solutions and unspeakable horrors that no one should ever have to behold in any way whatsoever As our youth matured into teenagers and eventually high school graduates I experienced a 10 minute event on my way to work my first year in college an event that was to bring back forever the feelings I had for B 17s On one of the clear days in early fall I was riding my bike when an unusual life changing moment occurred I heard a low rumble coming from behind me like something I had never heard before I slowed down pulled off the roadway beside an open field where I parked my bike and I turned to see what was the source of the rumble The volume increased couple with an almost earth moving vibration I saw an apparition It was almost certainly something that shouldn’t be flying since it was the 1970’s and World War II was 3 decades almost twice my age in the past But there it was serenely with stately grace moving though the sky It was an actual B 17G flying My heart raced my eyes watered with tears of absolute elation and I stood mesmerized by the sight of this real piece of flying history Any thought of forgetting my childhood imaginings about these planes was soon hammered into cold steel and fabric truth as I watched the plane in full World War II colors with what looked like guns in all the positions as there should be I watched as it continued moving to the south away from me and I resumed my trip

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Shot Down The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B 17 Susan RuthBelgium February 8 1944 Shot Down and Alive For the first time the full and complete story of the B 17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth is shared in unbelievable 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 resis. Meticulous and endearing tribute to the crew of the B17 Flying Fortress the Susan Ruth during World War II Complied by letters and records left behind author Steven Snyder son of the pilot Howard Synder recounts the exploits of the crew from their family background to training to the fiery crash that caused them to parachute and survive in enemy territory In a clear and crisp voice Synder describes both his father and the world he lived in The budding romance with his mother courtship and finally marriage is tenderly told through personal letters that paint a vivid picture of their relationship Training deployment to England and the grueling and dangerous conditions are described in harrowing details This is how we should learn about war through the eyes of those who sacrifice so much to keep others safe The book tells of their insecurities and fears the heartache from being away from loved ones missing births and other milestones in the home front I loved this band of brothers their camaraderie and courage and when I read the parts of the outcome the unfair vagary of fate I was saddened by the wastefulness of war Heartbreaking and poignant families and wives at home showed eual bravery and support This was a memoir a love letter from son to father honoring him for his uiet dignity and courage It is a wonderful snapshot of people preforming admirably under the worst of conditions where some gave everything they had to give