All Saints Parish Church Longstanton
All Saints' plays an important role in the Association's
Remembrance of the Squadron's losses for it is within the Church that the Squadron Memorial Window and its Book of Remembrance
are permanently placed. And every Autumn the Association holds its Remembrance Day Service at All Saints'.
It has been a place of Christian
worship for over 750 years. The current building is of pebble stone in the pure Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave,
aisles, south transept, south porch and an embattled western tower with a lofty spire, containing 8 bells and is now a Grade
1 listed building.
Memorial Window and the Book of Remembrance were dedicated at a service at All Saints' on 17 August 1992. The Window
depicts, in broad artistic terms, the story of 7 Squadron RFC to the present day.
Depicted are the following aircraft:RE 8, Vickers Virginia, Stirling, Lancaster. The official crests of the
Pathfinder Group, Bomber Command and 7 Squadron are shown along with St Michael, the Patron Saint of Airmen. The Squadron's
Battle honours (at that time) are also listed.
The Book of Remembrance contains the names of the 72 Squadron personnel who fell in World War 1
and the 1011 who died in WW11. It was hand crafted by the Squadron Secretary Sqn Ldr Charles Lofthouse OBE, DFC, who now lies
at rest in the Churchyard.
It is bound in navy goatskin with Japanese
end papers and doublures, the edges are rough gilt with headbands sewn to match the Squadron's colours, and with the Squadron's
Crest tooled on the front using coloured onlaid leather with gold and blind tooling. The Book rests in a cabinet constructed
in selected English oak. The front and side glass panels are engraved with inscriptions relating to the Squadron's RFC
and RAF losses.
the 100th Anniversary of 7 Squadron's formation the Book of Remembrance was paraded at the RAF Church St Clement Danes
at a Memorial Service for those who gave their lives whist serving on the Squadron.