Biggles: Pioneer Air Fighter
W. E. Johns
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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). 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
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.
When Biggles loses one of his pilots to a German trick he goes all out to get the plane responsible.
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.
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.
Biggles attacks a heavily defended new German bomber and has to devise a way to shoot it down.
Biggles is forced to take leave but manages to shoot down 2 German seaplanes that bomb the UK.
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.
into shocks, regardless of the nearness of the firing-line. Shell-holes, both old and new, could be seen dotted about the landscape, but he could not see a single mark likely to be of interest to, or which might be taken as a signal for, the enemy. He saw the place, where the artillery brigade had been shelled, and he turned away, feeling depressed. For an hour or more he continued his quest, but without noting anything of interest. And then, in not too good a humour, he returned to the
twenty pounds, although as a matter of fact they usually weighed about twenty-five pounds; often carried by single-seat fighters under the wings, four each side. Deflection: The allowance made when shooting at a moving target. Briefly, it means shooting at the place where the target is expected to be when the missile reaches. it. Double-Frontiers: In order to prevent prisoners of war from escaping, the Germans, in many places, arranged artificial or false frontiers in order to lead escaping
S.E.s go by, and then, after a steep, stalling turn, came down again, raking the earth with streams of lead. The colonel watched in stupefied amazement. Biggles slid down the parapet and caught the sergeant by the sleeve. ‘Now, sergeant,’ he said tersely, ‘I’ve got you out of a hole, and I want you to help me get someone else out of one.’ ‘You bet I will!’ cried the N.C.O. delightedly. ‘Come on then!’ cried Biggles, darting down the trench towards the old front line that had been their
Biggles in undisguised disgust. ‘Still keeping the fire warm,’ he sneered. ‘You should have been with us; we’ve had great sport.’ ‘So have I,’ said Biggles softly. ‘I got in some pretty shooting,’ continued Frazer. ‘Funny; so did I,’ said Biggles, smiling faintly. ‘You! Why, you haven’t been out. I can’t understand why some people are so careful about their skins.’ One of the girls came forward. ‘There,’ she said. ‘I’ve brought you a little souvenir.’ She laid a small white feather on the
are the best stuff in the world. One or two of ‘em have been out here for months with our own squadrons and the French Lafayette and Cigognes Escadrilles. Now their brass-hats have pulled ‘em out and rolled ‘em into their own Pursuit Squadrons. Do they put them in charge because they known the game? Do they? No! They hand ‘em over to some poor boob who has done ten hours’ solo in Texas or somewhere, but has got a command because his sister’s in the Follies; and they’ve got to follow where he