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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.

Statistics 
The following statistics relate to the Squadron's operations in WWII and are from The Bomber Command War Diaries, Authors: Martin Middlebrook & Chris Everitt, Midland Publishing, 2000.
 
 
Operational Performance

 

Raids Flown

 

 
Bombing
 
Minelaying

 

3 Group Stirlings

 
167
 
11

 

8 Group Stirlings

 
82
 
7

 

8 Group Lancasters

 
279
 
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Total

 
528
 
18

 

 

Sorties & Losses

 

 
Sorties
 
Aircraft Lost
 
%

 

3 Group Stirlings

 
918
 
41
 
4.5

 

8 Group Stirlings

 
826
 
37
 
4.5

 

8 Group Lancasters

 
3316
 
87
 
2.6

 

Total

 
5060
 
165
 
3.3

 

Points of Interest

  • Introduced the Stirling to operational service.
  • An original Pathfinder Squadron.
  • Introduced (with 35 Squadron) H2S to operations.
  • Suffered third highest percentage losses in Bomber Command.
  • Carried out most bombing raids in 8 Group heavy-bomber squadrons.
  • Suffered highest overall & percentage losses in 8 Group.
  • Suffered highest percentage losses in Stirling squadrons.
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