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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.

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Name: Kempton Cooper
Date: 03/28/2012
Message: Stalagluft 3 July 1942-1943


Name: Phil Runciman
Date: 03/22/2012
Message: My father, Sqn Ldr Walter Jack Runciman AFC DFM, first served with 7 Squadron in September, 1941. He arrived from Lossiemouth together with other pilots from New Zealand. A very good friend of his was Phil Lamason (see Wikipedia) who featured in a recent "The Lost Airmen of Buchanwald". Phil was at Oakington and I thought he was with 7 Squadron. If your records show this to be the case then please correct the Wikipedia entry. Best Regards, Phil Runciman, Waiuku, New Zealand


Name: Laurence Garey
Date: 01/18/2012
Message: I have recently heard that a group photograph was taken during the squadron's stay at Tengah, Singapore in the 1950s. I wonder if anyone has a copy they can post. Thanks. Laurence Garey


Name: Philippe Elsworthy
Date: 12/19/2011
Message: my father, Bernard Elsworthy, was a wireless operator in Lancaster MG M at Oakington 1943-45


Name: Dennis Notenboom
Date: 11/11/2011
Message: Hello from the Netherlands, I'm looking for a 7 squadron crew that was taken POW in the Netherlands on 26 July 1941. I recently found a picture which might be them. They are: Flt.Lt. M.C.G. Sherwood pow Sgt. W.P.Wood pow Sgt. B.A.A. Fowler pow Flt.Lt. G.M.Fuller pow Sgt. R.I. Stone pow Sgt. T.F.M. Williams pow Sgt. D.C. Allan RNZAF pow Who can help me? Thanks, Dennis Notenboom THe Netherlands


Name: Major (Ret'd) Eric Burnet
Date: 10/03/2011
Message: 3 Oct 11 Hello all. I served with 7 Sqn as the Canadian Exchange Officer from 1989-1992 and still remember it as my most memorable flying tour. I look forward to participating in the association, albeit from afar. Cheers, Eric


Name: Laurence Garey
Date: 02/14/2011
Message: Ron: A while back you said you had some more on John Stephens. Can you contact me on l.garey@sunrise.ch? Thanks


Name: Charlotte C
Date: 02/06/2011
Message: Hello. I'm trying to find out about my Grandfather, Sgt William R J Craze who was shot down on 4th Dec 1943 flying Lancaster JA685 while on a mission to Leipzig. 4 crew members were killed but the remaining 3, including my Grandfather, Bernard Cooper and Cecil Harrold Phillips were captured and sent to PoW camps.The four crew member who were killed on this mission were: A H Bale, J H F Cochrane, G W Hewitt, R V D Smith. I'm looking for any veterans who might have known or served alongside my grandfather or families of the other crew members. Any information would be hugely appreciated. Thanks.


Name: Ann Deem
Date: 11/23/2010
Message: Has anyone any information on Flt Sgt W H Giles (Bill)who served with 7 Squadron from April 1944 until 21 May 1944 when his Lancaster no 588 failed to return from ops over Duisberg? The pilot was P/O Hookway. many thanks


Name: Laurence Garey
Date: 10/23/2010
Message: Hello again. I just saw your message that if I give you an address you may have some more news of John Booth Stephens. I think the other person looking for him is a friend of mine, ex 115 ATC, like me. The easyist is email: l.garey@sunrise.ch

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