Carqueiranne is a town and commune in the Var département of southeastern France It is known now as a tourist seaside resort with good windsurfing nearby, at Almanarre Beach, and a nudist beach at Ile du Levant.
The town has a literary claim to fame as well. In early August 1944, an unidentifiable body wearing French military colours was found near here, which was long believed to be that of famous novelist Antoine de Saint Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. However, a bracelet known to be his, with a fragment of cloth still attached, was found in the sea east of the Islands of Frioul south of Marseille. In 2000, a crashed P-38 Lightning was found in the seabed off the coast of Marseille, near the Islands of Frioul, and it was confirmed to be the one that St. Exupéry was flying.
However, it remains plausible that ocean currents could have carried the body from the crash site to Carqueiranne - a distance less than 80km by sea - over the course of several days, which is the time difference between the crash in 31 July, 1944, and the discovery of the body.
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