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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 Association was represented by 13 ex and current Squadron Members who starred on the BBC TV coverage last year. Entry for attendance at this years parade (2019) is now closed.  Any Member wishing to attend the 2020 event must register interest with the Association Secretary Charles Patchett by April 2020.  See NEWS page.

Reunion News -

The 2019 Reunion weekend was another great event where members represented various eras from the Squadron Historyfrom the Avro Lincoln, Vickers Valiant, English Electric Canberra and of course the mighty Chinook . 

The 2020 reunion date is already booked at the soon to be refurbished Dolphin Hotel St Ives where Cambridgeshire for the weekend Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2020  The Service of Remembrance at Longstanton All Saints Church will commence at 10:30 on the sunday with "tea and wads" afterwards.  

2020 is the year YOU should join the Association, while you can still prop up a Bar !

Where have all the ground-crew gone, what about 7 Sqn Regt Flight - where are you?

If you can remember the Riding School at Handewitte then you are as old as come along and recall the hours in Resperators and AR5's  (If you were there you'd know....!!!)

7 Squadron Association is Affiliated with the Bomber Command Association Registered Charity No 292469 

Welcome to all who are serving or have served on

The Association provides all members and ex-members of 7 Squadron, along with relatives or friends, with the opportunity of  joining the Association. 

Our aims are to maintain a link between current and former Squadron Members regardless of rank or status, to retain the Squadron spirit of pride and cameraderie enjoyed during Squadron Service and to perpetuate the memory of those Squadron members who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country whilst serving on the Squadron.  We also provide an archive service for persons seeking information on WWII Squadron Aircrew personnel.

Members benefit from the opportunity to join-in with an annual reunion,  a remembrance service at Longstanton Parish church (the Station Church of RAF Oakington) and to participate in the Annual National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London.  We issue an Annual full-colour Newsletter every spring.

2020 Reunion St Ives (Cambs)
2020 Reunion St Ives (Cambs)

The Annual Association Reunion and AGM will take place at the DOLPHIN HOTEL St Ives (Cambs) over the weekend 9/10/11 October 2020.  Our organiser Michael Lofthouse ( can provide full information and advise on room availability and cost.  Join us for an informal "Happy Hour" on Friday evening and a Dinner Night on Saturday or if you wish to remember The Fallen then join us for a Service of Remembrance at Longstanton Parish Church on Sunday.  All ranks, all ages......zimmer-frames welcome, come along and meet "Otto", "Bograt" and "Sharpo" and the rest of the boys and girls !!

Photo: Association Chairman Mal Reeves welcomes new Association President Air Cdre Martin Sharp OBE to his new post at the Reunion 2019 Dinner


Researching a past Aircrew member of the Squadron or seeking information about Operations? 

Our Archivist Dave Cheetham will be pleased to help with any enquiry, he holds all the Squadron Operational Records, Forms F540/541 and has copies of the Burial Register for all those who were lost whilst serving on the Squadron. To contact Dave  please email Dave at;

Please note that little or no information is available about GROUNDCREW members of the Squadron

For more general matters contact Mal Reeves at;

Wg Cdr Norman Wilkins DFC

It is with deep regret that we have to report the passing of our esteemed President Wg Cdr Norman WIlkins DFC.  Norman had been a member of the Association from its outset and President from 1985.  Norman's career as a Navigator spanned the dark nights of WWII where he flew numerous operations with the Squadron being awarded the DFC, post-war he flew Vulcan Bomberswith the V-Force training to drop Nuclear Weapons and holding several senior positions within the Air Ministry and MoD.  A full Obituary will appear in due course.


The Association Newsletter is available to all members or on an individual basis from the Chairman for £7.50 plus p&p, which means its as cheap to join and get it gratis - so sign up now.

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