They were two of the 164 woman to join the ATA – who became known as the "Attagirls" – and went on to transport 18 different types of plane around the country, including many in need of repair. They were often given no more than 30 minutes to study a plane's flight manual before having to take off in it and accidents were common.
Joy, who became a teacher after the war, told the Daily Mail in 2009: "When the war broke out all our boyfriends would talk about was flying.
"So when we saw the advert we both decided to apply. Once we were there was no sex discrimination.
"In fact, I don't think those words had been invented back then. It really was the best job to have during the war because it was exciting, and we could help the war effort. In many ways we were trailblazers for female pilots in the RAF."