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A Spitfire Named Connie
Letters from a North Africa Ace - a Tale of Triumph and Tragedy
The poignant story of ‘Robbie’ Robertson’s two wartime love affairs – with flying and with the schoolgirl he eventually marries. Told mainly in his own words, through hundreds of his original letters, it has the excitement of a novel. This prequel to Fighters in the Blood paints an intimate and authentic picture of life, love and loss in a bygone era. In many ways it was an age of innocence. A time when language was restrained, when emotions were understated – and when all too many relationships ended in tragedy.
‘This is a book that I cannot recommend more highly to anyone interested in Spitfire operations . . . wartime romance, and above all, a story of devotion to one’s nation and to one’s love.’
‘An incredible but true story about Robbie Robertson, a real-life Biggles . . . and how he met his future wife, Connie, are the sort of things you might read in a novel but it’s all true and absolutely terrific.’
‘Many will recognise the pain and longing in the letters in this very readable book.’
‘An excellent book . . . [it] helps that it receives the input of the son too which adds much to the narrative.’
The History Fella
HARDBACK PEN & SWORD
Fighters in the Blood
The Story of a Spitfire Pilot & the Son who Followed in his Footsteps
The uncovering of a treasure trove of wartime memorabilia was the catalyst for this unique memoir. Two separate and distinct voices bring vividly to life the contrasting experiences of the author and those of his father, a decorated Spitfire ace. The latter’s career was cut short by the loss of an eye when he was shot down in North Africa. Amongst the fascinating parallels a generation apart two stand out. The astonishing role that Lady Luck played in both their lives, and a deep and abiding love of flying. The result is not only a unique testament to character, it’s also a tribute to those who made the RAF what it is today.
Now available as an audio book
‘Precise elegant and fun . . . Entertaining and in places poignant, Fighters in the Blood adds a unique twist to the standard autobiographical form . . . A rich testimony that sheds an important light on the RAF’s wartime culture.’
Air and Space Power Review
‘I have to commend the writing style and the articulate manner in which Black writes. It is amusing and intense at times and will keep any reader enthralled. The way the author describes the people in this story comes across in the most honest and sincere way that this reviewer has read in a long time. It is truly a unique and intriguing story.’
‘For those interested in gaining a different perspective on the changing human experience of RAF service over several decades, Fighters in the Blood is a standout source . . . as a single narrative spanning the lived experience of almost every rank and flying position which RAF aircrew aspired to during the Cold War [it] delivers something unique.’