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Joy Lofthouse, Spitfire Pilot (1923-2017)
Joy Lofthouse (née Joyce Gough, always known as Joy), who died today aged 94, was one of the last two surviving “Spitfire Women” who served with the wartime Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) delivering ‘planes from aircraft factories to RAF units. Joy and her sister joined the ATA in the summer of 1943 and, over the next two years, Joy delivered 18 different types of aircraft, including the Spitfire. In 2008, the service of these “Forgotten Pilots” was finally formally recognised when Joy and other survivors were presented with the ATA Veteran’s Badge by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.