Monday, March 17, 2008

History's Mysteries: Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Y'all know I'm a film/aviation/history nerd by now. Here's a news bit that includes all three. A Luftwaffe pilot is claiming that he shot down the author/pilot Antoine de Saint Exupéry during WWII. Saint-Exupéry wrote The Little Prince and a number of aviation related stories, including Night Flight, which was made into a movie in 1933.

Horst Rippert, the Luftwaffe pilot, noted in an interview: "If I had known it was Saint Exupéry I would never have shot him down."


In 1998, Saint Exupéry's P-38 aircraft wreckage was located, excavated, and given to a museum in France.

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