The Independent published an obituary, written by Michael Henderson, of the American bomber pilot James McLaughry, who flew 21 Second World War combat missions from an 8th Air Force base in East Anglia. He found his 22nd mission, he said, in a postwar commitment to the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) movement (later known as Initiatives of Change).
Demobbed in 1945, for the next 20 years he worked without pay for MRA, drawing Germany and Japan back into the family of nations and helping to lay the foundations of trust and friendship between France and Germany. He was involved in several musical stage productions which carried a message of reconciliation and healing. From 1965 to 1968 he joined an MRA stage spin-off, Up With People, and became aviation director for its world-wide operations.
In 1967 he married the musician Nancy Hawthorne, who had also been involved in both MRA and Up With People. In 1969 he began a new career as a corporate pilot, flying jet and turbo-prop aircraft for a large corporation until 1984.
James Alexander McLaughry, pilot and campaigner: born New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 14 February 1924; married 1967 Nancy Hawthorne (one daughter); died Arden Hills, Minnesota 30 June 2015.
On his book, A pathway through the sky, McLaughry shares moment-by-moment stories of unique experiences that convinced him that there was a God who could speak to him over the roar of the engines and show him "a pathway through the sky". Now available in Amazon and Amazon Europe.