War Makes You Kill Your Favorite Author88-year-old Horst Rippert, a German fighter pilot during WWII, learned that he shot down and killed one of his favorite authors during the war: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince and seven other books. Rippert learned the identity of one of his "kills" through a historian writing Saint-Exupery's biography; he told the Mail, "I knew he was a French pilot, but he was probably my favourite author at the time... I am shocked and sorry." [Mail on Sunday]