SPITFIRE PARADE

Subtitled - BIGGLES AT WAR

Book First Published in August 1941 - 256 pages

 

This contains thirteen chapters, many of which are rewrites of World War I Royal Flying Corps short stories, rewritten as World War II Royal Air Force short stories.

The stories are:-

 

Chapter 1 - Biggles Takes Over

Biggles has been given command of 666 Fighter Squadron which consists of officers who do not take too kindly to discipline and for the first time we meet Lord Bertie Lissie (although the character was in the two short stories SO THIS IS WAR and SPITFIRE PARADE published in Air Stories in February 1940 and March 1940 - click here for more details), who will become a regular companion for almost all of the future books. This chapter also introduces two more of 666 Squadron's pilots, George 'Ferocity' Ferris and Tex O'Hara who were also in the same two short stories already mentioned.

 

Chapter 2 - The Coming of Carrington

Another pilot, Tug Carrington arrives and immediately shows his abilities by shooting down a German Junkers bomber.

(The original version of this story was published in Air Stories in October 1939 and called "HARD CASE" CARRINGTON") 

 

Chapter 3 - The Arrival of Angus

Angus Mackail is flying down to join 666 Squadron but due to bad weather, he is forced to land in a field and charged by a bull. Later in a farmhouse he meets a jealous Canadian pilot called 'Nutty' Armand who takes him on a ride to remember. When both arrive at 666 Squadron, 'Nutty' finds that he is going to be joining the Squadron as well.

(The original version of this story was published in two chapters called BIGGLES GETS A BULL and LOST IN THE SKY in BIGGLES IN FRANCE)

This story is a re-write of "Flying Luck" from 'The Modern Boy' - issue number 337 - 21st July 1934 

 

Chapter 4 - Taffy Trundles in

Taffy Hughes 'the Buster' is next to arrive and does so in some style. Taffy tries out a British tank and wreaks havoc

 (The original version of this story was published in a chapter called 'STAND CLEAR - I'M COMING' in BIGGLES IN FRANCE)

This story is a re-write of "Biggles and the Runaway Tank" from 'The Modern Boy' - issue number 336 - 14th July 1934 

 

Chapter 5 - One Good Turn

When Ginger gets into trouble with Flight Lieutenant Bitmore, Algy pretends to be an Air Commodore and Bertie pretends to be a Wing Commander to teach Bitmore a lesson.

(The original version of this story was published in two chapters called UNDER OPEN ARREST! and THE LAUGH'S WITH US in BIGGLES IN FRANCE and then it was republished as REPRISALS in BIGGLES OF 266)

This story is a re-write of "Biggles' Borrowed Plumes" from 'The Modern Boy' - issue number 363 - 19th January 1935

 

Chapter 6 - So this is War!

A Hurricane with the number K-4 shoots at and kills a British pilot and Biggles is out for revenge

(This story has a number of similarities with J-9982 in THE CAMELS ARE COMING)

 

Chapter 7 - Cuthbert comes - and goes

Cuthbert Mooney joins 666 squadron and he has a talent for mimicking machines.

Biggles takes Cuthbert on a flight over the channel and discovers that he also has other talents.

(This story was originally published in two chapters called THE HUMAN RAILWAY and ORANGE FIRE! in BIGGLES IN FRANCE)

This story is a re-write of "Biggles and the Mad Hatter" from 'The Modern Boy' - issue number 338 - 28th July 1934

 

Chapter 8 - The Love Song

Biggles is sent by Raymond to France to recover plans for a special supercharger for radial engines.

(I can't identify this story as a re-write of anything - but I suspect that it must be, bearing in mind the rest of them are!)

 

Chapter 9 - The Coward

Henry Harcourt joins the Squadron and his bravery is questioned until the Germans kill his pet pig.

This story is a re-write of "The Funk" from 'The Modern Boy' - issue number 289 - 19th August 1933 

 

Chapter 10 - The Flying Spy

Biggles suspects that a visiting pilot is really a German spy. A trap is set, but all is not as it seems and it is left to Algy to save Biggles from making a tragic mistake.

(The original version of this story was published in two chapters called SUSPICIONS and OFF AND AWAY in BIGGLES IN FRANCE)

 This story is a re-write of "Biggles' Sky High Spy" from 'The Modern Boy' - issue number 357 - 8th December 1934

 

Chapter 11 - The Record Breakers

Biggles and Wilkinson compete to see who can shoot down the most Germans in one day.

(The original version of this story was published in two chapters called OUT FOR RECORDS! and BIGGLES' BOMBSHELL in BIGGLES IN FRANCE)

This story is a re-write of "Biggles' Sky High Hat Trick" from 'The Modern Boy' - issue number 339 - 4th August 1935 

 

Chapter 12 - The Fortune of War

Biggles tells the tragic tale of what happened to young Tony Luke and the trick fate played on him.

This story is a re-write of "Reunion" - originally published in "Britannia and Eve" in November 1941 - it can also be found as the first story in 'Sky Fever' 

 

Chapter 13 - Bertie Picks the Lock

Bertie takes a secret agent on a mission. When the agent loses his nerve Bertie has to do his job.

(The original version of this particular story was called BIGGLES' EXCITING NIGHT and was first published in MODERN BOYS ANNUAL 1937 and this original version was not published in any book until 1999 when a collection of all previously unpublished stories were finally published in a limited edition of 300 books called BIGGLES - AIR ACE)

 

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Spitfire Parade

Subtitle - Biggles at War

Publication Details - published by Oxford University Press

 

Dustjacket

 

 

Frontispiece

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Dust jacket of the 1960 Brockhampton Press reprint (NB This is one of only FOUR Oxford books that were reprinted by Brockhampton Press)

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Frontispiece of the 1960 Brockhampton Press reprint

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