German Claims to Have Shot Down Famed Author-Pilot Saint-Exupéry

July 2008
Military History;Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p10
The article reports on the claim of Horst Rippert, former Luftwaffe pilot, that he shot down the Lockheed P-38 Lightning reconnaissance plane of pioneering French aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on July 31, 1944. The first clue to Saint-Exupé ry's fate surfaced in 1998, when fishermen off Marseilles hauled up their nets to find a silver bracelet belonging to the author. Experts traced the latter to a German unit stationed in southern France around the time of Saint-Exupé ry's final flight.


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