Tuesday 18 March 2008
Horst Rippert, an 88-year old former pilot of Germany’s Luftwaffe, has said in a forthcoming book that he may have killed French writer and war pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1944.
Saint-Exupéry, who achieved worldwide fame with his fairy-tale-like book The Little Prince, died in mysterious circumstances when his plane came down near Marseilles while on a reconnaissance mission. His body has never been found.
Extracts of the book Saint-Exupery: The Final Secret were published in Le Figaro magazine over the weekend, and Le Figaro quoted Rippert as saying: «It’s me, I shot down Saint-Exupéry.»