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.
ANNUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE - WHITEHALL 2019
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 me...so come along and recall the hours in Resperators and AR5's (If you were there you'd know....!!!)
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.
NEWS NEWS NEWS
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.