Strictly Past Life
A WWII Pilot Who Died on a Mission
by Michael Judd


In 1985, I was approached by an acquaintance of mine to do a show on Past Life Regression. He was associated with our local community cable network. He would bring someone I didn’t know to be regressed; and if successful, he would film a subsequent regression. He wanted to make sure that everything was on the up-and-up.

He brought a young man who co-hosted a Friday night music video show. This young man was dressed in designer jeans, an open necked shirt with sleeves partly rolled up, a long scarf wrapped around his neck and draped down his back, and boots. He was very cool! I think the two of them were somewhat skeptical. My friend remained in the waiting room while the young man and I went into my office to proceed with the regression. Following a short pre-talk, I hypnotized him and regressed him back to a past life.

The first scene we came to in the regression was taking place in a bomber flying over Germany during WWII. He saw himself as the pilot of the plane and it was his first mission. He was extremely nervous which one could clearly hear in his voice. I asked him what was happening. He replied,  “There are lights ahead, someone is shouting ‘Enemy planes approaching fast!’ Over target - Bombs dropping -Plane’s lighter - turn around fast - get out of here.” He was clearly re-experiencing quite a traumatic scene. Amazingly, once he was out of danger and on his way back to base, his voice calmed right down.

I was able to get some further information from him once he had safely landed. His name was Roy Buchan (not sure of last name), his rank was Pilot Officer, and the date was 1944. I did get more information from “Roy” although he was reluctant to divulge certain information. He told me after the regression that even though part of him new that it was me asking the questions, “Roy” did not want to answer because he kept on seeing posters saying, “Loose lips sink ships”. Roy did tell me that he was flying a Stirling Bomber and that it took a crew of seven. He would not tell me where he was stationed. He had a girl friend, but would not tell me her name.

I found out that Roy had joined the RAF in 1939 as a mechanic. He reluctantly trained as a pilot saying that he did so because they needed pilots and it was his duty. Roy was 25 when he took his first solo flight. All he did was to circle the airfield and land. Before his first mission, the crew assembled to have a picture taken for the record. I asked Roy what he did before take-off. He said, “Check load, check oxygen, check radio, check crew, check armourment, check power, check fuel.” I asked Roy how he felt about his first mission. He replied, “Scary. Got to be done.”

I took Roy forward to his third mission which I knew was his last. Again, they were flying over Germany. He refused to tell me what his target was. Once again I could hear the fear in Roy’s trembling voice. “Plane pulling down to right.” “Plane’s hit.” “Fire, smoke - smells funny.” “Have to drop bombs.” “Crew injured.” “Something broke - straight down - spinning around.” Nothing! Roy died that night.

When the regression was finished, the young man was visibly shaken. He had not expected to have an experience that was so real and emotional. My friend and I were ready to film a second regression after we had listened to the recording of this regression. Both he and I felt that it would be a powerful show. The young man, however, decided that he did not want to have a regression filmed. Perhaps the experience was too personal for him to share, or perhaps the ‘honor and duty’ character of Roy’s did not fit the persona of a Friday Night Video host.

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