A Spitfire Named Connie

Letters from a North Africa Ace – A Tale of Triumph and Tragedy

Air Marshal 'Black' Robertson

A Spitfire Named Connie is an exciting rollercoaster of a story. ‘Robbie' Robertson begins his RAF training during the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. As he learns his trade, he is soon rubbing shoulders with Fighter Command heroes, amongst them Brian Kingcome, ‘Ginger' Lacey and Bob Stanford Tuck.
Date Published :
May 2022
Publisher :
Air World
Illustration :
71 images in two plate sections
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399099035
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$49.95

Overview
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A Spitfire Named Connie is an exciting rollercoaster of a story. ‘Robbie’ Robertson begins his RAF training during the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. As he learns his trade, he is soon rubbing shoulders with Fighter Command heroes, amongst them Brian Kingcome, ‘Ginger’ Lacey and Bob Stanford Tuck.

Moving from 111 to 72 Squadron, he opens his account against the Luftwaffe in the spring of 1942. Six months later, as he adds further to his score, the action moves to the skies over North Africa. It is there that tragedy strikes. Wounded and shot down by one of the Luftwaffe’s most celebrated Experten, his Spitfire crashes to the ground.

Found lying near the wreckage by an Army patrol, Robbie is moved from casualty clearing stations to hospitals across Tunisia and Algeria as doctors try desperately to save his sight. Finally, unable to stand the pain any longer, he reluctantly agrees to the removal of his right eye. A slow recovery and eventual return to the UK is no compensation for the end of his flying career.

Desk-bound for the remainder of the war, the second and more poignant period of his RAF life begins. The young schoolgirl, Connie Freeman, with whom he has been in regular correspondence since her evacuation, becomes his wife.

It is literally hundreds of Robbie’s letters that form the basis of this powerful, moving and emotional story. Together with his own and Connie’s diaries, correspondence from RAF colleagues and his flying logbook, they bring a unique authenticity to this highly-charged tale.

A Spitfire Named Connie reads like a novel, filled with excitement, pathos and compassion. Yet, incredible as it may seem, every single word is true.

About The Author
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Air Marshal GRAEME ‘BLACK’ ROBERTSON CBE, BA, FRAeS, FRSA was born in Woodford, Essex in 1945. He entered the RAF College Cranwell in 1963 and five years later began his operational career on 8 Squadron, flying Hunters in Bahrain. A long association with the Phantom followed, including tours on 6 and 56 Squadrons, a USAF exchange, and command of both 92 Squadron in Germany and, briefly, 23 Squadron in the Falklands. In the mid-80s, as Station Commander RAF Wattisham, he was appointed ADC to HM The Queen. It was his last flying post until he returned to Germany in the early-90s, first as the Deputy Commander and thereafter as Air Officer Commanding No. 2 Group. His final appointment was as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander-in-Chief, RAF Strike Command. He retired from the RAF in 1998.

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