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Biggles Flies North

W E Johns (and others)

Michael Palin reads this classic adventure by W. E. Johns, featuring pilot-adventurer James ‘Biggles’ Bigglesworth

When Biggles receives a letter from an old wartime chum asking for help, he responds at once. With his comrades, Algy, Ginger and Flight Sergeant Smyth, our hero flies to Fort Beaver in Canada, where winter is closing in around the remote airfield. There he discovers that his buddy Wilks is being menaced by a sinister character called ‘Brindle’ McBain and his cronies.

Wilks has started a small airline business, but McBain wants to take over and he’ll stop at nothing to get Wilks out of the way. With the threats of sabotage, theft, and even murder in play, all their lives are now in danger.

Can Biggles save the day and defeat McBain? Or will they perish in the frozen north?

Biggles Fails to Return

W E Johns

MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD!

When Biggles undertakes a lone mission to rescue an Italian princess from Mussolini's Italy he doesn't know he's walking into a trap. Against all the odds he gets the princess to the aircraft ready to fly them back to safety, but he never reaches the plane. He's last seen wounded and surrounded by the enemy, but Algy, Ginger and Bertie refuse to accept that he's dead until they see the evidence themselves.

Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!

Biggles Defends the Desert

W E Johns

LOST IN THE DESERT!

It's the Second World War and Biggles is in the desert, defending the vital air-route from the West coast of Africa to the Middle East. Urgent stores, dispatches and important officials and officers are regularly flown over this route, but lately a number of planes have unaccountably failed to arrive at their destinations. They've disappeared on route and Biggles is there to find out why - and stop it happening again.

Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!

Biggles Delivers the Goods

W E Johns

TAKEN PRISONER!

Late in the Second World War Biggles and his team are in Malaya, operating a secret commando under the nose of the Japanese occupiers. Algy is captured after his plane goes down over the Indian Ocean but Biggles will not abandon him and a rescue plan is put into action...

Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!

Biggles Defies the Swastika

W E Johns

SECRET AGENT!

Sworn into the German Air Force as a Gestapo Agent, Biggles is deep undercover on a reconnaissance mission in Norway when the Germans invade without warning. If he can just get back to his plane he can leave Norway quickly and safely, but his old enemy Von Stalhein has heard that Biggles is in Norway, and he's determined to track him down...

Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!

Biggles in France

W E Johns

DESPERATE CHANCES!

Biggles battles through the First World War, honing his flying skills in terrifying battles against the finest fighters the enemy can supply. But not all his adventures take place in the air, and not all of them are deadly serious. Even in the bitter environment of war, the men of 266 Squadron find time to share some laughs as their friendships strengthen, ready for the thrill of next deadly aerial combat.

Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!

Biggles and the Rescue Flight

W E Johns

A DANGEROUS MISSION!

In a desperate plan to rescue his brother, missing in action and presumed dead, sixteen year-old Peter Fortymore runs away from school to join the air force. Amongst the chaos of the First World War, Peter and his friend manage to enlist and soon find themselves in 266 Squadron under the command of Biggles. Will Biggles rumble the boys' wild plans before they take flight? And if he does, will he come to their aid?

Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!

Biggles of the Fighter Squadron

W E Johns

PERIL IN THE SKIES!

Well into the later stages of the First World War, Biggles and his fellow flyers are struggling to maintain supremacy over the enemy pilots determined to shoot them down. In this game of cunning, they must use all their wit and skill to stay ahead of the fight against the German air force but will Biggles’ daring and bold schemes keep them alive in such treacherous skies?

Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!

Biggles: The Camels Are Coming

W E Johns

DEATH TRAP!

Air combat is the order of the day in the final days of the First World War. Duelling high above the trenches, Biggles knows that he needs more than just flying skills to survive. The enemy is now using their own British aircraft, the Sopwith Camel, to lure them to their deaths. A devil to fly, invaluably fast in a dogfight, this machine commands fierce loyalty from its pilots. Will luck and initiative be enough to keep Biggles alive?

Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!

Biggles Flies East

W E Johns

Algy turned a trifle pale and shook his head. 'For God's sake be careful,' he whispered tersely. 'They'll shoot you like a dog if they spot what you're doing.'

While on leave Biggles is mistaken for someone else. He thinks little of it at the time, but when headquarters find out they ask him to take the place of his double and work for the Germans as a spy, while secretly reporting back to the British. It's a difficult task and there's a very high price to pay if he's spotted - his life.

Biggles Learns to Fly

W E Johns

SPECIAL MISSION!

It's the First World War and Biggles is just 17. The planes are primitive; combat tactics are non-existent; the only form of communication for pilots and their gunners is by hand signals. They are reliant on the skill of their fellow crew, their wit and, above all else, bravery.

In hostile enemy skies, where instinct and fast reactions are everything, Biggles must learn to be a real fighter pilot, or die…but does he have what it takes?

Biggles Adventure Double: Biggles Learns to Fly & Biggles the Camels are Coming

W E Johns

BIGGLES LEARNS TO FLY

Age just seventeen and with almost no flying experience, James Bigglesworth is sent to tackle the enemy in the hostile skies over First World War France. In a drama of war, where instinct and fast reactions are everything, Biggles must learn to be a real fighter pilot, or die…but does he have what it takes?


BIGGLES THE CAMELS ARE COMING

Fighting high above the trenches of First World War France Biggles knows he needs more than just flying skills to survive against the Sopwith Camel – a demon to fly, but incredibly fast in a dogfight, it commands fierce loyalty from its pilot. Will Biggles’ luck and initiative be enough to keep him alive?

Biggles WWII Collection: Biggles Defies the Swastika, Biggles Delivers the Goods, Biggles Defends the Desert & Biggles Fails to Return

W E Johns

Biggles is back!

Caught up in the German invasion of Norway in the early days of the Second World War, Biggles has to use all his cunning to stay one step ahead of the enemy. With his old opponent Von Stalheim hot on his trail, it's going to take a daring act to avoid the horror of the Nazi firing squad.

Deep in the jungle heartland of Japanese occupied Malaya, Biggles and his team operate a secret commando base. It's deadly, dangerous work, risking enemy capture and Biggles is fighting to bring all his men out alive.

With a dangerous mission ahead and the threat of being shot down in the waterless wasteland of the African plains, Biggles is in the desert, defending the vital air-route from the West coast of Africa to the Middle East. When a number of planes fail to arrive at their destinations, Biggles is there to find out why - and stop it happening again.

Biggles is missing in action. Last seen lying shot and wounded, surrounded by the enemy, his chances are looking bleak. But Algy, Ginger and Bertie will not give up until they find him, dead or alive, and if this means going behind enemy lines, then that's what they will do.

Biggles in the Orient

W E Johns

'You're out last hope, Bigglesworth,' said the Air Commodore, with something like despair in his voice.

The war supply route between Calcutta and China is a vital one but something is attacking the planes that fly it. Again and again pilots set off, only to disappear somewhere along the line, never to be seen again. When Biggles and his team are called in to investigatem, flying the route is close to a suicide mission . . .

Biggles Flies West

W E Johns

Out of the corner of his eyes Biggles saw Dick go overboard and disappear under the foam, but he could do nothing to help him. Indeed, as he fought to keep the flying-boat under control, it seemed certain that during the next minute or two the others must join him. Ashen, he looked at Algy. 'Jump when she hits!' he cried, in a shrill, strangled voice, and dived deliberately at the rocks. Biggles, Algy and Ginger help a young lad evade a violent thief and find themselves plunged into a dangerous treasure hunt searching for a long-lost pirate hoard of gold in the Caribbean.

Biggles and Cruise of the Condor

W E Johns

A dull murmur, like distant thunder, reached their ears and brought Biggles to his feet with a rush. 'What is it?' he gasped.-At the first sound Dickpa had leapt for the flashlight. 'Quick,' he snapped, as the floor of the cave sagged sickeningly. 'Get out - it's an earthquake! Ah - stop!' he screamed. A visit to Biggles' uncle, Dickpa, lands Biggles, Algy and mechanic Smyth in a dangerous adventure looking for an ancient Inca treasure hoard.

Biggles in Spain

W E Johns

'Don't move yet. I'm going out of the front door. They'll rush me then. That's your chance to go out the back way. Got that?'-'Quite clear.'-'Good! But don't think I'm exaggerating. My chances of getting out of here alive are about one in a hundred. Yours are one in ten. They'll kill you without the slightest compunction if they think you're with me. I don't know what you're doing here, but it doesn't matter. Make for London. If you get there, tell them what happened.'Biggles, Algy and Ginger accidentally arrive in Spain during the civil war. After a chance encounter with a British Intelligence agent who passes them a coded message which has to be got back to the Ministry of Defence in London, they are involved in a desperate chase to get back home with the evil chief of Intelligence and Propaganda after them.

Biggles Goes to War

W E Johns

The escort fell in on either side of the prisoners, and at a word of command the party moved forward. Down the corridor it marched, and through an open door into a grim-looking courtyard. Across this it proceeded, and came to a halt against a wall on the far side.-Biggles glanced at the sky. It was just turning pink with the first flush of dawn. 'If Ginger is going to do the rescue act, he hasn't got much time left.' He observed calmly.-Algy said nothing. His face was pale. In the uneasy atmosphere of Europe between the two World Wars, Biggles, Algy and Ginger are persuaded to defend a small middle European country from an aggressive neighbour backed up by an unnamed Big Power.

Biggles and the Black Peril

W E Johns

When zero visibility forces Biggles to land his Vandal amphibian aircraft on the North Sea he thinks he's just got a spot of aeroplane bother. Bigger trouble is ahead for Biggles when he takes an unchartered ride in a flying boat manned by 'Blackbeard' - a cohort of the Russian Airfleet and accomplice in a plot to bomb Britain.

Biggles and Co

W E Johns

'Now Listen, Bigglesworth; I'll tell you what I'm prepared to do, and you can please yourself what you do about it. Run this gang of crooks to earth, or point out to me the man that is at the head of it - or the chief operator in this country - and I'll make you a present of a cheque for ten thousand pounds.'Colonel Raymond from Intelligence persuades Biggles, Algy and Ginger to take on the challenge of transporting gold bullion and diamonds to France. Every other firm which has taken the job has failed and the gold has been stolen, the planes crashed or disappeared and the pilots have lost their lives. Biggles comes up with daring scheme after daring scheme, but then Algy is captured and held to ransom and Biggles finds that he's up against his old enemy - Von Stalhein

Biography

Captain W. E. Johns was born in Hertfordshire in 1893. He flew with the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War and made a daring escape from a German prison camp in 1918. Between the wars he edited Flying and Popular Flying and became a writer for the Ministry of Defence. The First Biggles story, Biggles the Camels are Coming was published in 1932, and W. E. Johns went on to write a staggering 102 Biggles titles before his death in 1968.