SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

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1940s & '50s

Steve Snyder

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Set within the framework of World War II, SHOT DOWN is about the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane (piloted by my father) was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgian border and about the courageous Belgian patriots who risked their lives to help them


Action, Adventure, Drama, War,

Short Summary

The book follows the story of a 10 man B-17 bomber crew during the air war over Europe during World War II.

Five crew members die and five make it back home. After bailing out, pilot Howard Snyder, is missing in action for 7 months but evades being captures by the Nazis. Hidden by various Belgian people, Snyder get tired of hiding and joins the French Resistance to fight against the Nazis.


United States, England, Belgium, France

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

,Courage, sacrifice, heroic, redemption, bravery, tragedy, triumph

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Howard Snyder

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Perseverance, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Badass, Heroic, Masculine, Honorable, Leader, Patriotic, Adventurous, Aggressive, Decisive, Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: crew members

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Belgian patriots




Key Traits: Underdog, Desperate, Faithful, Heroic, Perseverance

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Sea Breeze Publishing LLC

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available



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