Roberta Cowell had been a racing driver, a Spitfire pilot and a prisoner of war – but her biggest challenge was to become the first person in Britain to undergo gender-reassignment surgery.  As such she was one of the first people in the world to undergo what was, in 1948, pioneering surgery.

The story of her extraordingary life is told in an article by Matthew Bell in The Independent online (Sunday 27th October 2013.

To read the full story on The Independent website please click here.