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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.

Oakington Airfield.

We are pleased to inform that the planning authorities have agreed to retain and preserve the Buildings of ex-RAF Oakington within the Northstowe development as a result of the Longstanton and District Heritage Preservation Group lobbying.

All Saints' plays an important role in the Association's Remembrance of the Squadron's losses for it is within the Church that the Squadron Memorial Window and its Book of Remembrance are permanently placed. And every Autumn the Association holds its Remembrance Day Service at All Saints'.

It has been a place of Christian worship for over 750 years. The current building is of pebble stone in the pure Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south transept, south porch and an embattled western tower with a lofty spire, containing 8 bells and is now a Grade 1 listed building.

The Memorial Window and the Book of Remembrance were dedicated at a service at All Saints' on 17 August 1992.  The Window depicts, in broad artistic terms, the story of 7 Squadron RFC to the present day.  Depicted are the following aircraft:RE 8, Vickers Virginia, Stirling, Lancaster.  The official crests of the Pathfinder Group, Bomber Command and 7 Squadron are shown along with St Michael, the Patron Saint of Airmen. The Squadron's Battle honours (at that time) are also listed.

The Book of Remembrance contains the names of the 72 Squadron personnel who fell in World War 1 and the 1011 who died in WW11. It was hand crafted by the Squadron Secretary Sqn Ldr Charles Lofthouse OBE, DFC, who now lies at rest in the Churchyard. It is bound in navy goatskin with Japanese end papers and doublures, the edges are rough gilt with headbands sewn to match the Squadron's colours, and with the Squadron's Crest tooled on the front using coloured onlaid leather with gold and blind tooling. The Book rests in a cabinet constructed in selected English oak. The front and side glass panels are engraved with inscriptions relating to the Squadron's RFC and RAF losses.

For the 100th Anniversary of 7 Squadron's formation the Book of Remembrance was paraded at the RAF Church St Clement Danes at a Memorial Service for those who gave their lives whist serving on the Squadron.

All Saint's Parish Church Memorial Window and Roll of Honour 
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