Tag: Joy Lofthouse

Military January 19, 2018

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Charles Plouffe, 3rd Marine Division: Face of Defense: Marine Rescues 4 People From Rip Current in Okinawa
There’s An App For That: Marine Designs Mobile Solution for Common Problem

By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: DoD Launching Initiative to Get to #KnowYourMil Better

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan A. Conley, 171st Air Refueling Wing: Face of Defense: Musical Airman Sets Sights on Future Pursuits

By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: DoD Advises on ’12 Strong,’ Gives Take on Movie’s Accuracy
By Air Force Master Sgt. Philip Speck 379th Air Expeditionary Wing: Airmen Operate ‘Flying Ambulances’ for Evacuation Missions
Joy Lofthouse obituary
Pilot whose role during the second world war was to fly military planes between air bases for the Air Transport Auxiliary

In 1943 Joy Lofthouse, a 20-year-old bank cashier, replied to an advertisement she had seen in the Aeroplane magazine. It was for women to train for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), and although the competition was intense her application was successful. As a result she went on to become one of 164 female pilots during the second world war who were given the important job of ferrying military planes around the UK from one air base to another.

Lofthouse, who has died aged 94, showed great aptitude for flying. Her first solo flight was in a Miles Magister, an open, low-winged monoplane. After qualifying, her initial work focused on delivering Magisters and Tiger Moth biplanes to flying schools. Later she moved on to fighter planes, including Spitfires.



Military November 27, 2017

WW2 Spitfire pilot Joy Lofthouse dies aged 94

Joy Lofthouse (14 February 1923 – 15 November 2017)[1] was a British pilot, and one of the first women to fly a Spitfire. In World War Two, she flew Spitfires and bombers for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), and was one of only 164 “Attagirls” who served.[2]
WW2 Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis from Isle of Wight turns 100
By Katie Lange: American Indian MOH Recipient Showed Incredible Bravery During Korean War
This week’s spotlight is on Army National Guard Master Sgt. Woodrow W. Keeble.

Woodrow Wilson Keeble (May 16, 1917 – January 28, 1982) was a U.S. Army National Guard combat veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was a full-blooded member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, a federally recognized tribe of Dakota people.

On March 3, 2008, following a long campaign by his family and the congressional delegations of both North and South Dakota, President George W. Bush posthumously awarded Keeble the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on October 20, 1951, in the Korean War. Keeble had previously been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for these actions in 1952, and although he was wounded at least twice in World War II and three times in Korea, he had received only two[1] Purple Hearts; later he was credited with four Purple Hearts.[2]