Shot Down–the Book and the Audiobook

Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

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. This includes: 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; and German atrocities toward captured crew and civilians.

I reviewed this fine book a couple of years ago. You may want to consider it was a Father’s Day gift, or a gift to yourself or any fan of World War II history.

I recently listened to the nearly-nine-hours long audiobook of Shot Down, over a few days. What a rich experience! I especially enjoyed listening as I read along in the book, appreciating the photos and documents. Both the book and the audiobook would make an exceptional Father’s Day gift! There’s an Audible Sample right under the photo.

You may follow author Steve Snyder on Facebook. He’s also shared his 20-minute story on Our American Stories.

Here is his website.

A 40-minute interview with Steve on PJNet on Flag Day, June 14, 2023.

Steve’s video of the type of plane that shot down his father’s plane.


    • Bless you, Nancy! It’s been fun to watch as Steve shares his family story so many places. He was able to go to Belgium for remembrance programs with his father while he was alive, with his wife, and with his son!

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