Sunday, April 25, 2004
Wreckage of Little Prince author's plane found in sea
Telegraph One of France's most enduring mysteries has been solved with the discovery of the wreckage of the aircraft piloted by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of the children's classic The Little Prince.

Two pieces of his Lockheed Lightning P-38, which vanished on July 31, 1944, during an Allied reconnaissance mission, have been pulled from the Mediterranean near Marseilles.

Archives confirmed that the manufacturer's serial number, 2734L, stamped on a piece of salvaged fuselage, matched that of Saint-Exupéry's plane.

....The mystery of why the plane crashed remains. "There was no bent propeller, no bullet holes," M Castello said.

"Looking at the pieces, we are thinking of a hypothesis of a near-vertical dive at high speed. But that's just a guess." Theories have ranged from hostile gunfire to mechanical problems or suicide.

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