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By W. E. Johns

This includes 13 brief tales, 11 of which have been initially released within the CAMELS ARE COMING (1932) and of which (The notion Reader and Biggles unearths His ft) have been initially released in BIGGLES OF THE CAMEL SQUARDRON (1934). The tales are:-

ABOUT PIONEER AIR wrestle (a brief essay through W. E. Johns)

HOW BIGGLES was once "BORN" (a brief essay via W. E. Johns)

GLOSSARY OF phrases utilized in THIS BOOK


Biggles' propeller kills a provider pigeon yet Biggles reveals the message and is going to rescue a spy.


Biggles and his squadron meet up with a few american citizens for a massive air conflict with the Germans.


A captured German pilot tips Biggles, yet he realises in time to foil a German attack.


When Biggles loses one among his pilots to a German trick he is going all out to get the aircraft responsible.


Biggles first meets a brand new pilot who occurs to be his cousin and whose Christian identify is Algernon.


Algy takes revenge whilst a German raid at the Squadron's aerodrome destroys his garden.


Biggles discovers a German airplane receiving mystery signs from a secret agent utilizing corn in a field.


Engine hassle forces Biggles down in 'no-man's-land' the place he has a flavor of trench warfare.


Biggles assaults a seriously defended new German bomber and has to plan how to shoot it down.


Biggles is pressured to take depart yet manages to shoot down 2 German seaplanes that bomb the UK.


Biggles will get misplaced in fog and is stunned to find he has landed via a German fuel offer dump.


Biggles meets the affection of his existence, Marie Janis, purely to find that she is a spy.

THE final SHOW

Biggles will get promoted to significant and is shot down simply to find the armistice has been signed.

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She didn’t comprehend I hadn’t visible her letter—how may possibly she? Now she’s lifeless. If I hadn’t landed at 287 I might be along with her now. good, she’ll by no means comprehend. ’ He rose wearily. Voices have been making a song within the distance, and he smiled bitterly as he heard the well-remembered phrases: ‘Who minds to the dirt returning, Who shrinks from the sable shore, the place the excessive and haughty craving Of the soul can be not more? So stand by means of your glasses regular, This global is an international of lies; A cup to the useless already, Hurrah! for the subsequent guy who dies. ’ A knock on the door aroused him from his reverie. An orderly of the protect entered. ‘A girl left this for you,’ he acknowledged, protecting out a letter. ‘A lady—when? ’ acknowledged Biggles, preserving himself in hand with a amazing attempt. ‘About ten mins in the past, sir. previous to you got here in. She happened 8 and stated she needs to see you, sir, yet I informed her you weren’t the following. ’ ‘Where is she now? ’ ‘She’s long gone, sir; she was once in a vehicle. She instructed me to carry the letter directly to you in the event you again, sir. ’ ‘All right—you may fit. ’ Biggles took the letter, battling again a wild wish to shout, opened it, and skim: see you later, my Biggles. you recognize now. What am i able to say? in basic terms this. Our destinies should not continually in our personal hands—always attempt to do not forget that, my Biggles. that's all i could say. I got here this night to take you away or die with you, yet you weren't right here. And keep in mind that something during this global of battle and lies is right; my love for you. it will possibly aid, because it is helping me. look after your self. regularly I shall pray for you. If something occurs to you I shall be aware of, but when to me you are going to by no means understand. My final proposal can be of you. we will meet back, if no longer during this international then within the subsequent, so i can't say see you later. Au revoir, MARIE. ‘And they suspect she’s dead,’ acknowledged Biggles softly. ‘She risked her lifestyles to inform me this. ’ He kissed the letter tenderly, then held it to the candle and watched it burn away. He was once crumbling the ashes among his hands while the door opened, and Mahoney entered. ‘Hullo, laddie, what’s flawed; had a fireplace? ’ he enquired. ‘Yes,’ responded Biggles slowly; ‘foolish of me; obtained my palms burnt a section, too. ’ [Back to Contents] THE final convey within the days that the tragic affaire, Biggles flew with abandon and with such an utter omit of effects that significant Mullen knew that if he endured it will possibly purely be an issue of time prior to he ‘failed to return’. The C. O. had now not pointed out the affair of the lady to him, yet Biggles knew that he has to be conscious of the most evidence of the case, or he would definitely have requested him why he have been known as to Headquarters. even though a lot the main knew he stated not anything, yet he watched his flight-commander’s behaviour with deep-rooted nervousness. He referred to as MacLaren and Mahoney into his place of work to debate the problem with them. Mahoney nodded sympathetically as he listened to the C. O. ’s plaint. ‘Biggles is completed except he's taking a rest,’ he stated. ‘He’s consuming, and also you be aware of what that means—he’s going speedy. after all, a fellow doesn’t get inebriated whilst he’s within the nation Biggles is in.

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