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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.

7 Squadron Centenary Print
7 Squadron Centenary Print

7 Squadron Centenary painting.  This is a copy of the Presentation Painting presented to 7 Squadron to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Squadron's formation at Farnborough in 1914 by Malcolm Reeves AGAvA.  The painting depicts 7 aircraft from 7 Squadron's history including;

The BE2C flown by Capt A J Lidell VC from WWI, a Handley Page Heyford from the 1920's, the Short Stirling - the RAF's first 4-engined bomber, the famous Avro Lancaster, the Vickers Valiant one of the RAF's V-Force Nuclear Bomber Force, the English Electric Canberra and finally the Boeing Vertol Chinook which the Squadron has operated from 1982 to the present date.  Also included are depiction of the VC as won by Capt Lidell, the unofficial inter-wars years badge, the "Pathfinder Badge" and the current official Squadron crest.

Each print will be signed and dated by the artist the print is printed on semi-gloss medium weight pape,r approx size 20 x 16 inches and is delivered rolled in a cardboard tube. Cost £27:50p including postage in UK (overseas postage cost on request).  10% donated to Association Funds on every purchase.

7 Squadron Lancasters, Oakington 1943
7 Squadron Lancasters, Oakington 1943

7 Squadron Lancasters, Oakington 1943 was originally displayed and sold at the Guild of Aviation Artists Annual Exhibition 2013, it formed a group of four paintings which were runners-up for the Bonham Trophy presented for the best group of 4-paintings by a member of the Guild.  The painting depicts Lancaster MG-S at dispersal in the early morning light whilst another aircraft is prepared for flight, the print is approximately 20 x 14 inches printed on semi-gloss medium weight paper, it is delivered rolled in a cardboard tube and signed and dated by the artist.  The cost is £27:50p including postage to UK (postage to other locations on request). 10% of all sales donated to Association Funds.

Stirling on short finals
Stirling on short finals

The distinctive Short Stirling with its stalky undercarriage on short finals at RAF Oakington.  Each print will be signed and dated by the artist the print is printed on semi-gloss medium weight pape,r approx size 20 x 16 inches and is delivered rolled in a cardboard tube. Cost £27:50p including postage in UK (overseas postage cost on request).  10% donated to Association Funds on every purchase.

More 7 Squadron Aircraft Prints on the next page.

Commission a painting

If you would like to commission a painting please contact Mal Reeves, paintings are normally completed in Acrylic paint on Canvas board to a size of your choice, each painting will be priced depending upon the complexity of the subject.  Pencil drawings are also available and are normally cheaper!!

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