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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.

The Earith Memorial 

The Earith Memorial was instigated by the late Sqn Ldr Charles Lofthouse OBE DFC who was at the time Secretary of 7 Squadron Association.  The Memorial records the tragic loss of a Squadron Aircraft and a Hurricane during a Fighter Evasion Exercise in which both aircraft collided with the loss of the crews.  The Memorial is located on the edge of Earith village adjacent to the dyke into which the aircraft fell, the crash site being a short distance to the north.

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