Sir William Sefton Brancker certainly falls into that category.
Writing the introduction to World War I flying ace, Alan Bott's book, Cavalry of the Clouds, Brancker - who was then Deputy Director-General of Military Aëronautics - made this comment:
"War has been the making of aviation; let us hope that aviation will be the destruction of war."
(August 1, 1917)
Brancker was killed when the R101 airship crashed on 5 October 1930, during its maiden voyage to India, years before the London Blitz.