BIGGLES PIONEER AIR FIGHTER

First Published in November 1954* - 216 pages

*My thanks go to Australian collectors Gary Krohn and Kim Miles for their research and this information

The first edition has either red or blue boards (it appears both coloured boards were issued in November 1954) a colour frontispiece and says “Kingston Library” on the spine.

The dust wrapper has “Kingston Library” and “The Thames Publishing Co. London” on the spine

 

This contains thirteen short stories, eleven of which were originally published in THE CAMELS ARE COMING (1932)

and two of which (The Thought Reader and Biggles Finds His Feet) were originally published in BIGGLES OF THE CAMEL SQUARDRON (1934).

(And by clicking on those original books titles you will find full and detailed descriptions of these stories and their origins)

 

The stories are:-

 

ABOUT PIONEER AIR COMBAT (a short essay by W. E. Johns)

HOW BIGGLES WAS "BORN" (a short essay by W. E. Johns)

GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED IN THIS BOOK

 

THE CARRIER

Biggles' propeller kills a carrier pigeon but Biggles finds the message and goes to rescue a spy.

 

SPADS AND SPANDAUS

Biggles and his squadron join up with some Americans for a major air battle with the Germans.

 

THE ZONE CALL

A captured German pilot tricks Biggles, but he realises in time to foil a German attack.

 

THE DECOY

When Biggles loses one of his pilots to a German trick he goes all out to get the plane responsible.

 

THE BOOB

Biggles first meets a new pilot who happens to be his cousin and whose Christian name is Algernon.

 

THE BATTLE OF FLOWERS

Algy takes revenge when a German raid on the Squadron's aerodrome destroys his garden.

 

THE THOUGHT-READER

Biggles discovers a German plane receiving secret signals from a spy using corn in a field.

 

BIGGLES FINDS HIS FEET

Engine trouble forces Biggles down in 'no-man's-land' where he has a taste of trench warfare.

 

THE BOMBER

Biggles attacks a heavily defended new German bomber and has to devise a way to shoot it down.

 

ON LEAVE

Biggles is forced to take leave but manages to shoot down 2 German seaplanes that bomb the UK.

 

FOG!

Biggles gets lost in fog and is shocked to discover he has landed by a German gas supply dump.

 

AFFAIRE DE COEUR

Biggles meets the love of his life, Marie Janis, only to discover that she is a spy.

 

THE LAST SHOW

Biggles gets promoted to Major and is shot down only to discover the armistice has been signed.

 

With the exception of the frontispiece, there are no story illustrations in this book.

 

The dust cover of the book shows Biggles sitting in the cockpit of his plane holding binoculars.

 

Biggles Pioneer Air Fighter

Publication Details - published by the Thames Publishing Co.

 

Frontispiece

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