Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Author & Historian Steve Snyder

Wednesday January 20th 7:00 p.m.

The Friends of Crowell Public Library’s Meet the Authors series resumes in 2016 with author Steve Snyder on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Crowell Library’s Barth Community Room. World War II enthusiasts and history buffs alike should not miss his fascinating chronicle about the crew of this memorable flying fortress.

The B-17 Susan Ruth was knocked out of the sky by German fighters on February 8, 1944. Some men died, some were captured and became prisoners of war, others evaded the Germans but were betrayed, captured, and shot, and some were missing in action for seven months. Through personal letters, oral and written accounts, military records, and interviews -- all from people who took part in the events that happened 70 years ago -- the stories of the crewmen come alive. Everything is centered around the 306th Bomb Group stationed at Thurleigh, England of which the crew of the Susan Ruth was part.

Steve Snyder graduated from UCLA with a B.A. degree in economics and has lived in Seal Beach, California since 1972. After 36 years in national sales and management, he retired and began his quest to learn more about the World War II experiences of his father, pilot Howard Snyder. After four and a half years of research, Shot Down was finally published and has received fifteen national book awards. Steve’s new career as a World War II historian has resulted in his membership with numerous World War II organizations, and he has become President of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association. Steve’s program about these true World War II heroes will kick off the 2016 Season of the Friends’ Meet the Authors series at Crowell Library.

With such wonderful Friends as these, the authors keep coming at Crowell Public Library!