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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.

Aircraft 

The Squadron, with its formation in 1914, has been in existence for much of the period of powered flight - after all, it was only in December 1903 when Orville Wright made the first manned powered flight. And because of this, the following list of aircraft used by the Squadron is full of evocative names such as Blériot, AVRoe, Sopwith and Voisin. It is hoped that the list is as complete as it possibly can be.

The information contained in the list has been obtained from a wide range of sources. Sketches of some of the aircraft can be seen on the

 

 

RAFWeb.org site - these are indicated by an asterisk.

Aircraft
Manufacturer
From
To
MF7 'Longhorn'* Maurice Farman
5/1914
8/1914
BE8 'Bloater' Royal Aircraft Factory
5/1914
8/1914
Tabloid* Sopwith
5/1914
8/1914
AVRO E491 A V Roe
9/1914
4/1915
XI* Blériot
9/1914
10/1914
F20 Henri Farman
9/1914
10/1914
H Morane
9/1914
10/1914
FB 'Gun Carrier' Vickers
9/1914
4/1915
RE5 Royal Aircraft Factory
10/1914
9/1915
LA Voisin
4/1915
9/1915
Scout* Bristol
6/1915
6/1916
BE2C* Royal Aircraft Factory
7/1915
2/1917
LA* Morane
12/1915
12/1915
BE2D* Royal Aircraft Factory
5/1916
10/1916
BE2E* Royal Aircraft Factory
10/1916
6/1917
BE2F Royal Aircraft Factory
12/1916
5/1917
BE2G Royal Aircraft Factory
12/1916
6/1917
RE8* Royal Aircraft Factory
5/1917
10/1919
Vimy IV* Vickers
6/1923
4/1927
Virginia III* Vickers
5/1924
5/1925
Virginia II Vickers
9/1924
2/1927
Virginia IV Vickers
9/1924
6/1927
Virginia V Vickers
1/1925
5/1926
Virginia VI Vickers
6/1925
8/1926
Virginia VII* Vickers
5/1927
1/1933
Virginia IX Vickers
9/1927
8/1933
Virginia X Vickers
11/1928
3/1936
Heyford II Handley Page
4/1935
4/1938
Heyford III Handley Page
4/1936
4/1938
Wellesley Vickers
4/1937
4/1938
Whitley II* Armstrong Whitworth
3/1938
12/1938
Whitley III* Armstrong Whitworth
12/1938
5/1939
Anson I* A V Roe
3/1939
4/1940
Hampden Handley Page
4/1939
4/1940
Stirling I Short Brothers*
Stirling III Short Brothers*
Lancaster I* A V Roe*
Lancaster III* A V Roe*
Lancaster B1 (FE)* A V Roe*
Lincoln B2*
Valiant B(PR)1*
Valiant B1
Valiant B(K)1
Valiant B(PR)K1
Canberra TT18
Canberra B2
Chinook HC1*
Chinook HC2
Gazelle
* Lead Manufacturer

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