The death of St. Exupery is a sad story. He was depressed ecause of bad publicity, he was deemed a collaborator with the nazis in parts of the public. It is assumed that, because of this, he looked for a way to die in an airplane... He flew Recon mission after Recon mission, and couldn't be talked out of it by anyone, until he met his fate. He was allowed only five combat sorties initally, but the sortie he didn't return from was his ninth.