Discover the Extraordinary Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

 Back Row: Roy Holbert, Louis Colwart, Ross Kahler, John Pindroch, Joe Musial, Bill Slenker
Front Row: Howard Snyder, George Eike, Robert Benninger, Richard Daniels

Author Steve Snyder’s father, Howard Snyder, was a B-17 pilot stationed in England during World War II.  On February 8, 1944, his plane, the B-17  Susan Ruth, was Shot Down over the French/Belgium border after a mission to bomb Frankfurt, Germany.

The book tells the true story of events leading up to and after that harrowing day.  Of the ten man crew, some died, some ended up in prison camps, and some evaded capture.   What makes this book unique is the varied, detailed, and amazing story of what happened to each crew member, in particular Howard Snyder who evaded capture and was missing in action for seven months.

Read the letters and documents that were exchanged before and after the Susan Ruth was shot down. View the photos and follow Steve on his journey to uncovering these extraordinary WW II events that must never be forgotten.

Connect with Howard Snyder and other veterans, their families through video interviewsnews stories and articles. As you read this extraordinary story of what happened after the B-17 Susan Ruth was shot down, we hope you will share your own stories and resources by making comments and sharing your own story and resources about this important passage of time in history.