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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.

Authentic Squadron Ties 

No 7 Squadron was one of only 10 founder Squadrons of the RFC  that were awarded the privilege of designated "colours" for Squadron ties/cummerbunds/blazers etc. The colours of a silver ground (as on the RFC Tie) , with black and sky blue tie stripes is as the design was awarded to 7 squadron in 1914 reflecting the aspects of the Squadron's motto; Day - Sky Blue, Night - Black.  Bow and Straight ties each cost just £26:50p including UK postage. 

To order please contact Mal Reeves at

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