French writer Antoine Saint-Exupéry in the cockpit of his Lockheed P-38 Lightning reconnaissance aircraft.
In 1943, Antoine Saint-Exupéry returned to the French Air Force after a break and with great difficulty achieved his enrollment in the combat unit.
July 31, 1944 Antoine Saint-Exupery flew for reconnaissance from the Borgo airbase in Corsica. He did not return from this flight.
In March 2008, the media reported that the German Luftwaffe veteran, 88-year-old Horst Rippert, said that he had shot down the plane of Antoine Saint Exupery. According to him, he did not know who was at the helm of the enemy aircraft.