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Fate Of Saint-Exupéry Solved?

Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:01 pm

German online news Spiegel online reports that the French pilot and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was indeed shot down by a German plane when he disappeared in 1944. They found the pilot, too. He happens to be the brother of the late German singer Ivan Rebroff (real name: Hans Rolf Rippert).

http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/literatur/0,1518,541775,00.html
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RE: Fate Of Saint-Exupéry Solved?

Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:59 pm

Thanks for posting this. Who would have expected that this late the so far "mysterious" disappearance of the famous writer has been solved. Quite tragic that a German pilot unknowingly shot down one of his favorite writers. As if Hollywood was involved...
 
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RE: Fate Of Saint-Exupéry Solved?

Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:55 am

TedTAce sent me the following article this morning:

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/pages/..._article_id=536468&in_page_id=1811

Imagine shooting down your hero?
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RE: Fate Of Saint-Exupéry Solved?

Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:45 pm

Given that the F5 looks like a P38, I expect that it was a reflex reaction.

If he sat and pondered, he would not be giving interviews.
 
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RE: Fate Of Saint-Exupéry Solved?

Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:16 pm

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 3):
If he sat and pondered, he would not be giving interviews.

He was talking about the fact that he shoot down and the circumstances of Saint-Exuperys dead for years and he always put emphasis on the fact that he wouldn't have shoot him down, if he had known that it was Antoine de Saint-Exupery. He is now 85 years old and want to clean the air before he dies. Many newspapers and press agencies ask him for intervwiews

It just came in public some weeks ago, because 2 authors, who used this story in a book, used it to make some publicity.
In so far, the report of The Mail:

Quote:
A German fighter ace has just learned that one of his 28 wartime 'kills' was his favourite author.

is false!

Already after the end of the war, he found out that he shoot down the author.

http://www.faz.net/s/Rub117C535CDF41...F0971D1~ATpl~Ecommon~Scontent.html

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[Edited 2008-03-20 08:29:00]
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RE: Fate Of Saint-Exupéry Solved?

Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:09 pm

The point that I was making was that if he had sat and pondered before opening fire, then he would not still be alive.

The F5 that Saint Exupery was flying is a varient of the P38.

If he had stopped to study every P38, to see if he was facing an F5, (which was unarmed) he would have got shot down.

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