Snyder’s book has received 29 industry awards. His father, pilot of the ‘Susan Ruth’, was shot down over Europe during WWII. ‘Shot Down’ is a dramatic retelling of the stories surrounding that event.

WILMINGTON, NC, February 29, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Steve Snyder, award winning author of ‘Shot Down’, a military aviation book that has taken 29 industry awards, has announced a new Indie Film award and his event lineup for March, 2020.

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’s documentary short film, based on his book, received the Award of Merit at the IndieFEST Film Awards in La Jolla CA. The new film is a stunning presentation of the life of Snyder’s father, filmed on location in Europe. One of the high points of the film occurs when Snyder manages to track down Hans Berger, the German pilot who shot down his father’s plane. In the ensuing conversation, Snyder and Berger develop a close personal relationship that transcends the events that occurred so many decades ago.

Steve Snyder’s event schedule for March 2020 includes:

March 15 – Interview on 500 Section Lounge
March 16 – Interview on The Conversation With Stu with Stu Ackerman
March 19 – PowerPoint Presentation at the Sedona Oak Creek Canyon Lions Club in Sedona, Arizona
March 25 – Interview on Frontlines of Freedom/Military Talk Radio with Denny Gillem
March 28 – Book Signing and PowerPoint presentation at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona
March 28 – The SHOT DOWN documentary short film showing at the Garden State Film Festival in Ashbury Park, New Jersey

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.

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

2018 TopShelf Magazine Indie Book Awards – 1st Place winner
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

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 [email protected]. ‘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

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 Immediate Past President of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.

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