I transcribed a bit of the interview:
Saint Ex is the short title for the guy who wrote the book The Little Prince. He did a bunch of other stuff, too. Wrote incredible books that weren't just children's stories. ... But he was shot down, theoretically, because for a while - they didn't find his body 'til like 3 or 4 years ago. Or, not his body, but evidence that he was shot down. But he was shot down in the mid 1940s, during the war.Chalk it up to war. I can't improve on that.
There was a German pilot that read the story of him being - that it was discovered, hey, this is the remains of his plane, this is some evidence he was here. And this 80-something-year-old German pilot came up and said, "I know I was the guy, because that was the air space I was in. And I just came across him, shot him down."
... But the freaky thing was that Saint Ex was his favorite author. He was a much younger pilot than Saint Ex was, and so his books were already out and he had a lot of influence on his life. ... So that's the dude he shot down. So that's a part of, you know — chalk it up to war.
The German pilot's story ran in newspapers around the world a couple of years ago. This is from The Telegraph in Great Britain:
"If I had known it was Saint-Exupéry I would never have shot him down," said Mr Rippert.
"He knew admirably how to describe the sky, the thoughts and feelings of pilots", he added.