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jensenpark
04-08-2004, 08:00 PM
Kinda' interesting story from today's paper:

The P38 (or rather parts of it) flown by famous French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery (wrote The Little Prince among others) was found this week by French divers off the coast of Southern France.

Saint-Exupery was flying a p38 on a photo recon for the Allies over the Mediteranean when he was lost July 31, 1944.

It has always been a mystery of what happened to him (theories range from enemy fire, mechanical problem or even suicide).

Perhaps now they'll be able to find out what happened to him...

http://www.unicover.com/images/G6A876.JPG

jensenpark
04-08-2004, 08:00 PM
Kinda' interesting story from today's paper:

The P38 (or rather parts of it) flown by famous French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery (wrote The Little Prince among others) was found this week by French divers off the coast of Southern France.

Saint-Exupery was flying a p38 on a photo recon for the Allies over the Mediteranean when he was lost July 31, 1944.

It has always been a mystery of what happened to him (theories range from enemy fire, mechanical problem or even suicide).

Perhaps now they'll be able to find out what happened to him...

http://www.unicover.com/images/G6A876.JPG

MackZ
04-08-2004, 10:50 PM
That's fascinating! Thanks for sharing! I wonder what happened to him, though. Poor guy.

rmk76
04-08-2004, 11:11 PM
Cool post, keep us updated if ya hear anything else.

Lawn_Dart
04-09-2004, 12:22 AM
It is spread over several kilometers of seabed according to the article I read.

Methinks there are not too many large parts to find...

jensenpark
04-09-2004, 05:49 AM
I think they've located a wing and the landing gear from the other wing.

Will be neat to see what they come up with. Considering the stature of the pilot, I am sure they will spend the time to collect as much as possible.

http://www.unicover.com/images/G6A876.JPG

blairgowrie
04-09-2004, 06:14 AM
Hi JP

There was another thread on this a couple of days ago. Here is the link if you are interested.

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=23110283&m=590102733&r=741103733#741103733

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg

TugZooey
04-09-2004, 06:31 AM
Pretty wild stuff. They found a bracelet of his a few years back. The finder said, very much in Saint-Exupery fashion, "The sea is vast, and the bracelet was so small."

Wind, Sand and Stars is a good book about postal flying before WWII. It is fiction, IIRC, but based on his experience. Quite dangerous endeavors. I highly recommend it.