Wings of War and Peace, the biographies of twelve pioneer missionary aviators

Wings of War and PeaceThis is the graphic account of twelve early pioneers of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).
The skills that they learned in the Second World War enabled them to bring MAF into being as Wings of Peace.

These are the twelve :
Betty Greene, MAF’s first pilot who served in WWII as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), flew many different types of aircraft before flying for MAF in Central and South America; Africa and New Guinea. Betty Greene was one of the world’s greatest women pilots.
Nate Saint, who served in WWII as an aircraft engineer, became MAF’s first engineer and later as an MAF pilot/engineer served in Ecuador until he was killed by members of the Amazonian  Auca tribe.
Charlie Mellis won the American Distinquished Flying Cross for his bombing raids in Flying Fortresses (B-17s) in WWII. He  became the first US MAF Secretary and later served as a MAF pilot in opening up New Guinea.
Stuart King, who miraculously survived WWII in France as an RAF engineering officer, played a key role in opening up Africa for MAF’s current air operations.  At the time of this book being published he is still active with MAF in the UK as President Emeritus.
Jack Hemmings, who also distinguished himself as an RAF pilot, was awarded The Air Force Cross.  He became the first MAF air survey pilot for Africa in 1948.
Alastair MacDonald, who served in the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm for five years including a year on an aircraft carrier, became UK MAF’s first specialist aircraft engineer.
Henry Hartwig, an Australian who flew four-engined Liberator bombers in Europe in WWII became an MAF veteran pilot in New Guinea, one of the most dangerous countries for flying and was soon tragically killed in a freak aircraft accident.
Vic Ambrose, who flew as an Australian WWII pilot led the 1,000 bomber raid on Dresden became a key man in opening up New Guinea after the tragic death of Henry Hartwig.
Murray Kendon, a New Zealander who had the vision of an MAF organisation during WWII when flying Wellington bombers over the Atlantic from Britain.  He later became the first chairman of N.Z. MAF that has provided numerous pilots and other staff for New Guinea as well as for the Australian MAF ‘Outback’ operations on behalf of the remote Aborigines.
Trevor Strong, as a Lancaster Pathfinder pilot, also distinguished himself in WWII and won the DFC for valour.  He was the NZ MAF Chairman for many years and together with Murray Kendon brought MAF NZ into being.
Steve Stevens, who was born in England, trained for Christian service in Cape Town and joined the South African Air Force (SAAF) to support the land of his birth.  He was awarded the British DFC and while still serving with the SAAF in 1946 was based for a while in the Sudan and found that the missionaries in the south needed a plane.  He and Stuart King commenced MAF service to Africa starting with the Sudan.
Gordon Marshall, a South African, followed his older friend Steve Stevens into the South African Air Force and served in the Korean War as a single-engined Mustang pilot.  He was awarded the American DFC and left the SAAF to take Steve Stevens’ place as a MAF pilot in the Sudan, becoming one of MAF’s longest serving pilots in Africa.

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