July 31, 1944: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s plane is shot at sea

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1943 – Author and fighter pilot Antoine de Saint Exupéry is exiled in the United States after the Occupation of France by Nazi Germany.
Like fellow aviator and future children’s author Roald Dahl, he lobbies the American Government to enter the war.
There, he writes his illustrated novella Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), published in french and english but only released in the United States.

1944 - Saint-Exupéry‘s plane is shot at sea by a German fighter pilot near Marseille, France on January 30, 1944.

1945 – World War II draws to a close and Le Petit Prince is finally released in France.
Strongly inspired -like most of his work- by his experiences as a pilot, the book will grow to become one of the most acclaimed and sold children’s books of all time.

doc_plus_icon&16Learn more about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Ernest Hemingway & J.D. Salingers involvement in World War II on “The Pen Is Mightier: Writers At War” – soon on the film industry and literary history webmag The Scribes (english) and Le Scribe (french).

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