29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944
- French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and pioneering aviator.
- The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), translated into over 250 languages and dialects, posthumously boosted his stature to national hero status in France
- At the outbreak of WWII, he joined the French Air Force, flying reconnaissance missions until France’s armistice with Germany in 1940.
- Demobilised from the French Air Force, he travelled to the United States to persuade its government to enter the war against Nazi Germany.
- Joined the Free French Air Force in North Africa, although he was far past the maximum age for such pilots and in declining health. He disappeared over the Mediterranean on a reconnaissance mission in July 1944, and is believed to have died at that time.
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