August 6, 1915 —
April 25, 2007
Branch of Service: Air Force
Unit: 8th Air Force/306th Bomb Group/369th Bomb Squadron
Battle: Air War Over Europe
Theater of Operation: European
Birthplace: Norfolk, NE
Killed in Action: No
Prisoner of War: No
Full Interview provided by Steve Snyder
Military Honors: Air Medal/Purple Heart
B-17 PILOT IN THE U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES, 8TH AIR FORCE, 306TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP, 369TH 'FITIN BITIN' SQUADRON. SHOT DOWN ON FEBRUARY 8, 1944 OVER BELGIUM. MISSING IN ACTION FOR 7 MONTHS. EVADED CAPTURE WITH THE AID OF THE BELGIUM UNDERGROUND FOR 4 MONTHS AND SPENT 3 MONTHS WITH A UNIT OF THE FRENCH RESISTANCE (MAQUIS) SABOTAGING GERMAN CONVOYS. LIBERATED IN TRELON, FRANCE BY U.S. TROOPS ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1944.
His full story is depicted in the book SHOT DOWN: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth by Steve Snyder ( http://bit.ly/ShotDownBook )
Submission Honored By: Steve Snyder, son and author of "Shot Down"