Winner of 20 national book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II in Europe and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgian border on February 8,1944.
Some men died. Some were captured and became prisoners of war. Some men evaded capture and were missing in action for months before making it back to England. Their individual stories and those of the courageous Belgian people who risked their lives to help them are all different and are all remarkable.
Even before the dramatic battle in the air and the subsequent harrowing events on the ground, the story is informative, insightful, and captivating. Prior to the fateful event, the book covers the crew's training, their journey to England, what life was like on base as well as in London and the English countryside, and the perils of flying combat missions over occupied Europe and Germany.
Through personal letters, oral and written accounts, declassified military documents, and interviews – all from people who took part in the events that happened over 70 years ago (even the German Luftwaffe pilot who shot down the Susan Ruth) - the stories come alive. Adding to the feeling of "being there", are more than 200 time period photographs interspersed throughout the book.
To add background and context, many historical facts and anecdotes about and surrounding World War II are entwined throughout the book so that the reader has a feel for and understanding of what was occurring on a broader scale. SHOT DOWN is an account about brave individuals, featuring pilot Howard Snyder, set within the compelling events of the greatest conflict in world history.
|Publisher:||Sea Breeze Publishing LLC|
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About the Author
Soon after retirement, Steve began his quest to learn more about the World War II experiences of his father, pilot Howard Snyder, and his crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth. It became his passion, and after 4 ½ years of dedicated research, resulted in book, SHOT DOWN, which has won 20 national book awards. One result of his new career as a World War II historian is that he is a member of numerous World War II organizations and is President of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.
Table of ContentsCHAPTER 1: FEBRUARY 8, 1944
CHAPTER 2: HOWARD SNYDER
CHAPTER 3: PILOT TRAINING
CHAPTER 4: FOUR ENGINES
CHAPTER 5: SEPTEMBER 27, 1943 ... OFF TO ENGLAND
CHAPTER 6: NEWFOUNDLAND
CHAPTER 7: ACROSS "THE POND" ... ENGLAND AT LAST
CHAPTER 8: THE CREW OF THE SUSAN RUTH
CHAPTER 9: THURLEIGH, ENGLAND
CHAPTER 10: HOME AWAY FROM HOME
CHAPTER 11: TRAINING ... AND MORE TRAINING
CHAPTER 12: RECREATION
CHAPTER 13: FLYING COMBAT
CHAPTER 14: MAKING IT BACK TO BASE
CHAPTER 15: 1943 PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 16: NOVEMBER 1943 ... FIRST MISSION
CHAPTER 17: LOSSES
CHAPTER 18: THE AMERICANS
CHAPTER 19: SECOND MISSION ... AND PROMOTION
CHAPTER 20: DECEMBER 1943 ... THIRD MISSION
CHAPTER 21: WOUNDED ... IN BASKETBALL!
CHAPTER 22: JANUARY 1944 ... NEW YEAR'S AND
CHAPTER 23: ROCKETS AND A D-DAY DECEPTION
CHAPTER 24: FEBRUARY 1944 ... BACK IN COMBAT
CHAPTER 25: FEBRUARY 8, 1944 ... TROUBLE
CHAPTER 26: DISASTER
CHAPTER 27: BELGIUM
CHAPTER 28: FATE OF THE CREW
CHAPTER 29: MISSING IN ACTION
CHAPTER 30: CHIMAY ... THE RESISTANCE
CHAPTER 31: SHELTER
CHAPTER 32: A TRAITOR AND CAPTURE
CHAPTER 33: BELGIAN HELPERS
CHAPTER 34: HOWARD ... ON THE MOVE
CHAPTER 35: PRISON CAMP
CHAPTER 36: THE MAQUIS
CHAPTER 37: LIBERATION
CHAPTER 38: THE WAR COMES TO AN END
CHAPTER 39: AFTERMATH
CHAPTER 40: RETURN, REUNION & REMEMBRANCE