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Who Is Biggles?

Biggles was born in India in the year 1899. His father was the Assistant Commissioner of the United Provinces (now known as Uttar Pradesh). Travelling and living in the villages, he picked up survival skills at an early age. Along with his childhood friends, he had many narrow escapes (The Boy Biggles - 1968). At the age of fourteen, Biggles was sent back to England and went to Malton Hall School (Biggles Goes to School - 1951), where his elder brother Charles had also gone earlier (Charles was to die in action towards the end of WW I).

When the Great War broke out, Biggles made his way to No. 77 Flying Training School at Norfolk. Soon, he was posted to 169 Squadron to fly two-seaters. He managed to get himself transferred to 266 Squadron, and flew Sopwith Camels for the rest of the war. During his adventures at 266, he also met Algernon Lacey (Algy) - his cousin, the first of his lifelong companions ( Biggles of the Camel Squadron - 1934). He also took a break into espionage in the Middle East, during which he first met Erich von Stalhein, who was to become his implacable enemy for many years (Biggles Flies East - 1935). Late in the war he had an encounter with a girl named Marie Janis, who eventually turned out to be a German spy. Biggles was promoted to Major by the end of the war.

After the war, Biggles and Algy accompanied Biggles' uncle Dr. Richard Bigglesworth to South America, looking for lost treasures (The Cruise of The Condor - 1933). After working in South America for a while, Biggles and Algy flew back to England via the Pacific and Asia (Biggles Flies Again - 1934). While escaping from the villian Blackbeard, Biggles and Algy met Ginger, the second of Biggles' companions (The Black Peril - 1935). Adventures followed, including a visit to  Africa (Biggles in Africa - 1936), a treasure hunt in the Caribbean (Biggles Flies West - 1937), and an assignment to form the Air Force of a tiny East European country (Biggles Goes to War - 1938), before they became involved in the Spanish Civil War and then the opening skirmishes of World War II. A few missions were also carried out on behalf of the British Government, these being initiated by his friend and mentor Colonel Raymond, formerly of British Intelligence. One such involved a visit to  uncover a secret enemy base in South-East Asia (Biggles Air Commodore - 1937) - a region to be revisited many times later.
 

Biggles and his friends rejoined the RAF during the war, the first assignment being to raid Germany from a secret base in the Baltic Sea (Biggles in The Baltic - 1940). Two trips to Occupied Europe followed,  before Biggles took over 666 Squadron during the Battle of Britain (Spitfire Parade - 1941). At this time he also met Bertie Lissie, who was

 
to become the third and last of his permanent companions. Later, most of the pilots in this squadron served in the Sahara (Biggles Sweeps The Desert - 1942), and in two assignments to South-East Asia (Biggles in The Orient - 1945 and Biggles Delivers The Goods - 1946) , before the end of the war.
 
Almost as soon as the war ended, Biggles and his three companions found themselves in the police force, chasing down former Nazis (Sergeant Bigglesworth, CID - 1947). Several more police cases followed, one being to Antarctica to recover lost gold (Biggles Breaks The Silence - 1949). A few trips were also made behind the Iron Curtain on special missions (e.g. Biggles Gets His Men - 1950 and Biggles in The Gobi - 1953). Another trip to Africa was to catch the Black Raider (Biggles And The Black Raider - 1953). On many of these missions, Biggles continued to come up against von Stalhein, who was now working for the Russians (e.g. Biggles in The Blue - 1953, Biggles in Australia - 1955, and No Rest For Biggles - 1956). Eventually, von Stalhein was imprisoned by his employers, and rescued by Biggles from a Soviet prison, thus ending their long enmity. (Biggles Buries a Hatchet - 1958). Air Police cases continued to take Biggles and his friends both around Britain (Biggles And The Poor Rich Boy - 1960, Biggles Takes it Rough - 1963, Biggles And The Dark Intruder - 1967) as well as overseas (Biggles Goes Home - 1960, Orchids For Biggles - 1962, Biggles And The Blue Moon - 1965). Almost all of the 65 books published after the war deal with Air Police cases and special missions.


Biggles was reunited with another long-lost friend when he and von Stalhein worked together to rescue Marie Janis from behind the Iron Curtain (Biggles Looks Back - 1965). Several Air Police adventures followed, including his last overseas assignment (Biggles And The Little Green God - 1969), before the last one, Biggles Sees Too Much, appeared in 1970. Biggles Does Some Homework, was the unfinished book that Johns was working on when he died in 1968 and this was finally published in a limited number in 1997.


Biggles and Me

Biggles was my childhood hero. The air adventures of Biggles gave me a hunger for reading and taught me most of the geography that I know, they gave me an interest in aviation and a strong sense of good and bad, right and wrong. In simple terms he was a hero and if it was good enough for Biggles then it was good enough for me. Some people follow James Bond as their hero, but for me there was only ever one - Biggles! Indeed, my "grail' watch was born out of my affection for Biggles, as it is the watch I believe he would be wearing if he were alive today - a Breitling Navitimer! For the fuller picture warts and all read up on him at Wikipedia - Biggles at Wikipedia.

PS and never forget Algy, Ginger and Bertie.

Biggles.Com

www.biggles.com   A wonderful site showing the front covers of all The Biggles Books on the opening page. Click on any book to read a resume of each book. A simply delightful site for any lover of Biggles.

www.biggles-online.com  Another useful mine of Biggles information.

www.abebooks.com  Collecting Biggles Books is a keen hobby for many, myself included and at Abebooks the adventure goes on!

www.stellabooks.com  Based in Tintern these have a great collection of Biggles books, all catalogued and available to order on line.

Biggles on Wiki - Find out about Biggles - warts and all on Wikipedia.

Biggles Forum

A forum about flying hero James C Bigglesworth (known to his friends as Biggles) and all the creations from the books of Captain W.E. Johns. Talk about any subject: books, reading, writing, collecting, aircraft, model making, media, life, etc.

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Biggles Bibliography

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1. The Camels are Coming - 1932
2. The Cruise of the Condor - 1933
3. Biggles of the Camel Squadron - 1934
4. Biggles Flies Again - 1934
5. Biggles Learns to Fly - 1935
6. The Black Peril - 1935
7. Biggles Flies East - 1935
8. Biggles Hits the Trail - 1935
9. Biggles in France - 1935
10. Biggles & Co - 1936
11. Biggles in Africa - 1936
12. Biggles - Air Commodore - 1937
13. Biggles Flies West - 1937
14. Biggles Flies South - 1938
15. Biggles Goes to War - 1938
16. The Rescue Flight - 1939
17. Biggles in Spain - 1939
18. Biggles Flies North - 1939
19. Biggles - Secret Agent - 1940
20. Biggles in the Baltic - 1940
21. Biggles in the South Seas - 1940
22. Biggles Defies the Swastika - 1941
23. Biggles Sees it Through - 1941
24. Spitfire Parade - 1941
25. Biggles in the Jungle - 1942
26. Biggles Sweeps the Desert - 1942
27. Biggles - Charter Pilot - 1943
28. Biggles in Borneo - 1943
29. Biggles Fails to Return - 1943
30. Biggles in the Orient - 1945
31. Biggles Delivers the Goods - 1946
32. Sergeant Bigglesworth CID - 1946
33. Biggles' Second Case - 1948
34. Biggles Hunts Big Game - 1948
35. Biggles Takes a Holiday - 1948
36. Biggles Breaks the Silence - 1949
37. Biggles Gets His Men - 1950
38. Another Job for Biggles - 1951
39. Biggles goes to School - 1951
40. Biggles Works it Out - 1952
41. Biggles Takes the Case - 1952
42. Biggles Follows On - 1952
43. Biggles - Air Detective - 1952
44. Biggles and the Black Raider - 1953
45. Biggles in the Blue - 1953
46. Biggles in the Gobi - 1953
47. Biggles of the Special Air Police - 1953
48. Biggles Cuts it Fine - 1954
49. Biggles and the Pirate Treasure - 1954
50. Biggles Foreign Legionnaire - 1954
51. Biggles Pioneer Airfighter - 1954
52. Biggles in Australia - 1955
53. Biggles' Chinese Puzzle - 1955
54. Biggles of 266 - 1956
55. No rest for Biggles - 1956
56. Biggles Takes Charge - 1956
57. Biggles Makes Ends Meet - 1957
58. Biggles of the Interpol - 1957
59. Biggles on the Home Front - 1957
60. Biggles Presses On - 1958
61. Biggles on Mystery Island - 1958
62. Biggles Buries a Hatchet - 1958
63. Biggles in Mexico - 1959
64. Biggles' Combined Operation - 1959
65. Biggles at World's End - 1959
66. Biggles and the Leopards of Zinn - 1960
67. Biggles Goes Home - 1960
68. Biggles and the Poor Rich Boy - 1960
69. Biggles Forms a Syndicate - 1961
70. Biggles and the Missing Millionaire - 1961
71. Biggles Goes Alone - 1962
72. Orchids for Biggles - 1962
73. Biggles Sets a Trap - 1962
74. Biggles Takes it Rough - 1963
75. Biggles Takes a Hand - 1963
76. Biggles' Special Case - 1963
77. Biggles and the Plane that Disappeared 1963
78. Biggles Flies to Work - 1963
79. Biggles and the Lost Sovereigns - 1964
80. Biggles and the Black Mask - 1964
81. Biggles Investigates - 1964
82. Biggles Looks Back - 1965
83. Biggles and the Plot that Failed - 1965
84. Biggles and the Blue Moon - 1965
85. Biggles Scores a Bull - 1965
86. Biggles in the Terai - 1966
87. Biggles and the Gun Runners - 1966
88. Biggles Sorts it Out - 1967
89. Biggles and the Dark Intruder - 1967 (paperback)
90. Biggles and the Penitent Thief - 1967
91. Biggles and the Deep Blue Sea - 1967
92. The Boy Biggles - 1968
93. Biggles in the Underworld - 1968
94. Biggles and the Little Green God - 1969
95. Biggles and the Noble Lord - 1969
96. Biggles Sees too Much - 1970
97. Biggles Does Some Homework - 1997
98. Biggles - Air Ace - 1999


99. The Biggles Omnibus - 1938
100. The Biggles Flying Omnibus - 1940
101. The Third Biggles Omnibus - 1941
102. The First Biggles Omnibus - 1953
103. The Biggles Air Detective Omnibus - 1956
104. The Biggles Adventure Omnibus - 1965
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