Snyder has also announced his appearance schedule for May, 2018. ‘Shot Down’ has received 28 industry awards. Snyder’s father was shot down over Europe during WWII. ‘Shot Down’ is a dramatic retelling of the stories surrounding that event.

WILMINGTON, NC, April 27, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Author Steve Snyder, author of ‘Shot Down’, has announced that his multi-award winning military aviation book, ‘Shot Down’, has been placed on the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Recommended Book List.

Snyder’s father Howard was a B-17 pilot who was shot down while flying the Susan Ruth (named after his daughter) while flying over the French/Belgium border. The mission set out to bomb Frankfurt, Germany. The book covers the events leading up to and following that day. Of the 10 man crew, some died, some were captured and some, including Howard Snyder, evaded capture.

Snyder will make a number of appearances in California and Ohio during May, 2018. Upcoming events include:

May 5 & 6 – Book signing at the Planes of Fame Airshow at Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California

May 11, 12, & 13 – Book signing at The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour stop at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, California

May 16 – PowerPoint presentation at the 401st Bomb Group Reunion – at the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, Ohio

May 18 PowerPoint presentation at the 91st Bomb Group Reunion in Dayton, Ohio

May 17, 18 & 19 – Book signing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio during the roll-out of the restored and iconic B-17 Memphis Belle

May 25 & 26 – Book signing at the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour stop at the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum in Mountain View, California

May 27 – Book signing at Open Cockpit Day at Castle Air Museum in Atwater, CA

May 28 – Book signing at the Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California

‘Shot Down’ has received numerous high profile industry awards. These include:

2017 TopShelf Magazine Editor’s Choice Award
2017 Independent Press Awards – Winner Military Nonfiction
2017 John E Weaver Excellent Reads Award – Winner Non-Fiction Military
2017 Book Excellence Awards – Finalist Military
2017 New York City Big Book Awards – Winner Military Nonfiction
2016 Online Book Club Book of the Year Contest – Winner
2016 The Author’s Show 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading Contest – Winner
2016 National Indie Excellence Awards – Winner – History – US
2016 National Indie Excellence Awards – Winner – Military Non-Fiction
2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards – Winner Non-Fiction Military
2016 Global Ebook Awards – Silver Medal Winner Non-Fiction Military
2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition – Notable Book
2015 Books and Authors Book of the Year – Winner Non-Fiction Military
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Winner Military
2015 International Book Awards – Winner History: General
2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Gold Medal Winner Non-Fiction Historical
2015 Kindle Book Awards – Finalist Non-Fiction
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Finalist Historical Non-fiction
2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards – Silver Medalist History (U.S.)
2015 Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Awards – Outstanding Non-Fiction (General)
2015 Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Awards – Second Place Winner
2015 NABE Spring Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards – Best Books Military
2015 Nonfiction Book Awards – Bronze Medal
2015 eLit Awards – Gold Medal History
2014 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards – Finalist War & Military
2014 USA Best Book Awards – Finalist History: General
2014 USA Best Book Awards – Finalist History: Military
2014 Southern California Book Festival – Honorable Mention General Non-Fiction

Snyder’s book is utterly unique in that it details the varied, detailed, and amazing stories of what happened to each crew member. Snyder’s father, Howard, was missing in action for seven months. Readers are given the opportunity to read the letters and documents that were exchanged before and after the Susan Ruth was shot down. ‘Shot Down’ is filled with photos that enhance the presentation of these extraordinary WW II events that must never be forgotten. Steve Snyder has gone to the extreme to capture the details that make ‘Shot Down’ a one-of-a-kind dramatic presentation, told by a writer who was in the very middle of the story as it happened.

Reviewers have praised ‘Shot Down’. Publishers Weekly stated, “This is a great introduction to the history of the U.S. air war in Europe, humanized by the experience of a single bomber crew.” The European Center of Military History said, “Steve Snyder has reached a level of scholarship few amateur historians achieve.” Foreword Reviews called it a “masterful book.” Midwest Book Review called it “An inherently fascinating and deftly written account.”

Steve Snyder is available for media interviews and speaking engagements and can be reached using the information below or by email at steve@stevesnyderauthor.com. ‘Shot Down’ is available at Amazon and other book retailers. An in-depth interview with Snyder can be accessed at The Authors Show site. More information is available at his website at More information is available at his website at http://www.stevesnyderauthor.com.

Steve Snyder retired from VSP in 2009 after 36 years in national sales and sales management, He began his quest to know everything possible about the World War II experiences of his father, pilot Howard Snyder, and his crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth. Gradually, it became his passion and resulted in ‘Shot Down’. He belongs to numerous World War II associations and is president of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.


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