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.
Name: Chairman Mal
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Name: Laurence Garey
Message: In 2010 I posted several requests for information about Flt Lt John Booth Stephens, whom I knew in the 1950s when he flew Lincolns at Upwood. I was unsuccessful, although Tom Ainsby sent me a photo of him stuck in Singapore with a u/s Lincoln. Then just a few days ago, having seen my request on the net, his daughter contacted me. Sadly he died just recently, on 25 June 2015, aged 89. So I just missed meeting him again. His daughter, Linda Ingledow née Stephens, has allowed me to inform the Association. I salute a great man well liked by a generation of ATC cadets in the 1950s.
Name: Keith Wilson
Message: Great site.. I have a great interest in the 7 squadron as my great great uncle was a serving member of the 7 squadron and part of the mission on the 21st June 1943 in one of the aircraft for a mission to Krefeld in Germany. He was one of the crew on the short Stirling R9272, Frederick Benjamin Dukes, Sergeant. Official Number: 1090679
Name: William Donald Dodd
Message: Dear Sir, I write on behalf of my father, above. He is alive and well. Born: 22.02.1932. National service: April 1950 to April 1952. RAF number: 3127234. Served on Lincolns as air engineer, trained St Athan, South Wales and RAF Upwood. Squadron Leader Ladyman, Officer in Charge. Part of crew that won the Laurence Minot Bombing Trophy 1952. Youngest Sergeant in RAF at the time. Looking for news of Les Evans, Don Dormer, (Flt Lt) and crew over those years. Email back please to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. William ('Billy') Dodd.
Name: Peter Johnston
Message: Was at Oakington in 1958 - 59 on the 143 Course of 5 FTS, whist my colleagues were on the Vampire T11 I was deemed to be too tall and had the pleasure of earning my "wings" on the Meteor T7
Name: Richard Hunt
Message: My father, Peter, flew as Flt/Eng in 1944/45, a Latham-Smith as pilot in most of them, 34 trips if I remember correctly, 17 day and 17 night. He emigrated to Canada after the war.
Name: Vic Compton
Message: Joined 7 sqdn Valiants Honington on return from Christmas Island. Later moved with the Sqdn to Wittering. Nice to see 207, I worked as airframe mostly on 381.
Name: Mick Bell
Message: Hello All! Just catching up with the Sqn again.