Joy Lofthouse, second world war pilot and trailblazer, dies at 94

Lofthouse was one of the ‘Atagirls’ who flew aircraft including Spitfires from factories to the frontline

The trailblazing second world war pilot Joy Lofthouse, who flew bombers and fighter aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during the conflict, has died aged 94.

Lofthouse was part of a small group of female pilots, known as the “Atagirls”, based in White Waltham, Berkshire, who flew aircraft to the frontline between 1940 and 1945, including Barracuda bombers, Mustang fighters and Spitfires.

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