JOY LOFTHOUSE. It was with the deepest regret that we report that Joy passed away peacefully at home in Cirencester. Joy was married to 7 Squadron Pathfinder Pilot S/L Charles Lofthouse OBE, DFC who was for many years Secretary of 7 Squadron Association, during which time Joy established herself as an Honorary member of the Association which continued after Charles' death. After the end of the war Joy became a teacher and it was at teacher training colledge where she met Charles. This followied her wartime service as a Pilot with the ATA and it was this latter role which brought Joy to National attention when she featured in many documentaries about the ATA and Spitfires. Joy was 95 when she passed away, a full Obituary will appear shortly.
ANNUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE - WHITEHALL 2018
The Association was represented by 13 ex and current Squadron Members who starred on the BBC TV coverage last year. Attendance this year (2018) is expected to be high so requests for attendance must reach the Chairman by the end of JULY 2018. See NEWS page.
Reunion News -
The 2018 Reunion weekend was a great success with a higher than normal number of attendees with two ex-Canberra "Bosses" together for the first time in 40 years.
The 2019 reunion date is already booked at The Dolphin Hotel St Ives Cambridgeshire for the weekend Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2019 The Service of Remembrance at Longstanton Parish Church will commence at 10:30 on the sunday with "tea and wads" afterwards.
2018/19 is the year YOU should join the Association for the RAF Centenary Celebrations!
Where have all the ground-crew gone, what about 7 Sqn Regt Flight - where are you?
If you can remember the Riding School at Handewitte then you are as old as me...so come along and recall the hours in Resperators and AR5's (If you were there you'd know....!!!)
Wg Cdr Norman Wilkins DFC
It is with deep regret that we have to report the passing of our esteemed President Wg Cdr Norman WIlkins DFC. Norman had been a member of the Association from its outset and President from 1985. Norman's career as a Navigator spanned the dark nights of WWII where he flew numerous operations with the Squadron being awarded the DFC, post-war he flew Vulcan Bomberswith the V-Force training to drop Nuclear Weapons and holding several senior positions within the Air Ministry and MoD. A full Obituary will appear in due course.
NEWS NEWS NEWS
The Association Newsletter is available to all members or on an individual basis from the Chairman for £7.50 plus p&p, which means its as cheap to join and get it gratis - so sign up now.