Using first-hand accounts from various sources, Shot Down tells the true story of the B-17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth. Author Steve Snyder relays the remarkable tale of his father, Lieutenant Howard Snyder, and the crew of the Susan Ruth on that fateful day in 1944.

As war became imminent, American Howard Snyder voluntarily joined the Army and was called to serve. Newly married and wanting to provide more financial support, Howard chose to train as a pilot. As a B-17 pilot, he was soon flying dangerous daylight missions over a war-torn Nazi-occupied Europe. But on February 8, 1944, the Susan Ruth was shot down, forcing Howard and his crew to jump from a burning plane over German-occupied Belgium. Snagged in a tree, 25 feet above the ground, Howard dangled, vulnerable to the enemy.

Written with immense detail, Steve Snyder has procured a fantastic piece of historical literature. No detail is left out as it follows the timeline both before the start of the war and after. The book is further brought to life by the plethora of pictures, documents, letters, and illustrations. The stories of ordinary citizens going to extraordinary measures, risking their lives to save others, are a beautiful testament to human nature. This book is a must read for anyone who loves books on history or WWII.

~Kris Miller (TopShelf Reviews)