I would like to find the title or author of a novel that I read circa 1977, by either an American or English author. Set in England, in the fifties or very early sixties, it describes a love affair between an American air force officer—I believe a major—and an English artist (I think a musician).
He is in England almost by chance: the B-47 bomber he flew to England had major mechanical problems, and then the transport aircraft on which he and his crew are shipping out crashes, leaving them dead and him grounded because of injuries.
They meet through a minor fender-bender while she is learning to drive—she asks him to drive her home because she despises the driving instructor. I would risk a small bet that the author had been a pilot, or at least knew the military. There is a thriller element: aircraft are being sabotaged, which I recall being interesting, and the love affair didn’t feel like an afterthought.