A Google alert for “Rosemary Sutcliffe” (wrong spelling, there is no E in Sutcliff of Rosemary Sutcliff, but too many get it wrong …) thew up an intriguing snippet today about one Air Marshall Sir John Slessor, a cousin of Rosemary Sutcliff (sic):
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Cotesworth (Jack) Slessor GCB, DSO, MC (3 June 1897 – 12 July 1979) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force (RAF). A pilot in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I, he held operational commands in World War II and served in the RAF’s most senior post, Chief of the Air Staff, from 1950 to 1952. He was considered a strong proponent of strategic bombing and the nuclear deterrent, and published several books, including an autobiography. He was a cousin of the children’s author Rosemary Sutcliffe who mentions “cousin Jack’s” depression at being turned down for the Army in her memoir Blue Remembered Hills.
I am left wondering if he writes anything about Rosemary Sutcliff in his autobiography. Anyone got access, who can find out?
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I have discovered that the autobiography of the Air Marshal was called The Central Blue: Recollections and Reflections’, published by Cassell in 1956
I’ve asked a batch of military-minded friends if any of them has the book – hold the line…