W.149  3rd Officer Joyce 'Joy' Gough 
 flag england b. 14 Feb 1923, Cirencester, Glos 28 Dec 1943 to 30 Sep 1945 

 joy gough ATA  ATA



[see also Yvonne Wheatley, her elder sister, also an ATA pilot]

Father: Arthur Victor Gough, a professional footballer turned hairdresser, mother Doris Irene Alexandra (Herbert]

Ed. Stratton School, Cirencester Grammar School

prev: Cashier, Lloyds Bank, Cirencester

Address in 1943: Galba Villas, Prospect Place, Cirencester

Postings: 5TFPP, 15FPP, 12FPP, 7FPP

Ab initio Trainee

 One accident: 

- 3 Feb 1945, forced landing after she discovered that the hood of her Spitfire Vb EP661 had "been blown away", reason unknown

 Class III pilot

 Gained her Royal Aero Club Pilot's Certificate (No 20586) as part of the ATA's 'Wings' scheme on 29 Sep 1945

m. 1945 in London, F/O Jiri Hartman DFCformerly Cmdr, 'A' Flight, 310 (Czech) Sqn, RAF

Joy and Jiri moved to Prague, but had to flee back to the UK in 1948 after the coup d'etat.


m.  Jun 1971 in Warwickshire, Charles James Lofthouse, who had been an RAF Lancaster pilot and PoW in WWII (d. 2002)

She became a Special Needs Teacher


Joy (2nd from right) at the unveiling of the ATA Memorial in Hamble-le-Rice, 2010

d. 15 Nov  2017


 Download ATA Pilot Personal Record (.zip file):download grey

interviewed here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80009633

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