Biggles of the Fighter Squadron

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Join cult hero and flying ace Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure! Specifications Series Title Biggles. He becomes one of the regular team and is often Biggles's chosen companion.

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He is a talented mechanic and his speech is peppered with youthful slang and Americanisms , learned from the cinema. Flight Sergeant Smyth is Biggles' trusty mechanic and logistic organiser since they first worked together in Squadron during the First World War. Smyth, aside from being a mechanic in both world wars in Biggles's squadron, also joins them on some journeys to act as mechanic, like Cruise of the Condor and Goes to War.

An eccentric former racing driver, who flies with a hunting horn and a monocle , Bertie joins Biggles in the Air Police in most of the post-war stories.

He is a brave and talented fighter, an expert shot and he has a lot of handy knowledge on a range of unusual subjects. A counterpoint to Lord Bertie, Tug is a boxer from the slums of London.

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His parents being killed in the war, Tug is out for revenge and can be a very risky person to have around. He scorns alcohol, much to the amusement of his fellow squadron members. In return for Biggles setting him up for a job as a London cabby, he occasionally helps Biggles and his gang on their missions after the Second World War. Biggles' greatest opponent is the German intelligence officer Erich von Stalhein, [1] a member of an old Prussian family of soldiers. As the Cold War begins, Stalhein enters the services of the Communist bloc , until his new masters imprison him on the island of Sakhalin , from where Biggles helps him to escape in Biggles Buries a Hatchet.

It is from Stalhein that Biggles learns that Janis see "Female characters" below survived the Second World War and was imprisoned in Czechoslovakia , from where Biggles rescues her and goes on to support her in England. First appears as a major later colonel in the British Intelligence service during the First World War, in which capacity he organises secret "special" missions in which Biggles takes part.

In later books, he reappeared as an air commodore.

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In the Biggles stories, female characters appear infrequently. Despite brief affairs, Biggles and his chums remain steadfastly single. Biggles suffers a disappointment in the First World War, when he falls in love with German spy Marie Janis in the short story Affaire de Coeur set in Rather than being considered asexual or a repressed homosexual, Biggles' relationship with Janis suggests he is a romantic hero , "tragically loyal to the only woman he ever really loved".

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Stella Carstairs, the daughter of the man Biggles helps, turns up. A pilot herself, she is concerned for Biggles's safety and tells him more than once not to take on her father's request. In Biggles Flies Again , Algy becomes close to Consuelo, the daughter of the President of Bolivia, but is dissuaded from continuing the relationship by Biggles, " In the s, a popular Australian radio version of Biggles, The Air Adventures of Biggles , [9] was made under licence. Another female character appears in the form of Worrals Flight Officer Joan Worralson , eponymous heroine of a related series of books featuring this resourceful and "plucky" member of the WAAF.

A further Johns creation, the commando Captain Lorrington "Gimlet" King , also features in a series of books that intersect with Biggles at times. The settings of the Biggles books are spread over more than 50 years; this produces a number of credibility difficulties, especially for older readers. Though Biggles and his friends age in the books, they do so much more slowly and inconsistently than is historically credible. For instance, Biggles with some of his First World War "chums" , who by now should be well into their forties, are still relatively junior squadron officers flying Spitfires during the Battle of Britain.

In the stories set after the end of the Second World War Biggles and Algy, in particular, are, by the rules of arithmetic, passing into their fifties and early sixties, while retaining levels of activity and lifestyle more typical of people at least thirty years younger. Even within a group of stories set in the same time frame there are some chronological inconsistencies:. It is doubtful whether a careful rearrangement of the various First World War stories could result in a coherent sequence.

When W. Johns started the Biggles series, he can hardly have anticipated that he would be called on to write so many Biggles stories to short editorial deadlines , so that such inconsistencies are perhaps inevitable. The author succeeds reasonably well in chronicling developments in aviation technology, but social and cultural changes are much more difficult. The cultural and social world of Biggles whether in the s or some earlier period does not persist completely unchanged through the whole series — for instance, in an early book, the evidence points to an English nobleman as the perpetrator but Biggles dismisses this out of hand as the gentry would never commit a crime; in a later novel, one of the gentry is the villain.

Nonetheless, the social context of the books, viewed in chronological order, does become increasingly old-fashioned, even anachronistic, especially in those works set after the Second World War.

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Since the Biggles books were first published, attitudes to race and ethnicity have changed. During the s and s a perception of Biggles as unacceptably racially prejudiced , especially considered as children's literature, drove Biggles from many public and school libraries. Biggles was brought up in India, speaks fluent Hindi and has a number of Indian friends and colleagues. In Biggles Goes to School , on one occasion when told to write lines in Latin, he remarks that he would rather do so in Hindi.

On another occasion the adult Biggles asserts to Air Commodore Raymond that "while men are decent to me I try to be decent to them, regardless of race, colour, politics, creed or anything else". It has been pointed out that the positive characteristics of these characters tend to be such features as relatively light complexions, Western education and general usefulness to the white hero and his friends and allies. On the other hand, when Johns wishes to present an unpleasant "foreigner" he will quite often drop a gratuitous and offensive hint that the person involved is of mixed race.

Non-whites taken en masse also tend to be systematically demonised. With the evil "Chungs" of Biggles Hits the Trail and the sub-human Aboriginals of Biggles in Australia , in particular, Johns succumbs to the tendency, typical of his time, to apply unpleasant stereotyping to non-white opponents of his hero. The racism in these books and others in the Biggles canon is typical of a genre of fiction for young people that was once common.

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The Lost Princess. Your review has been submitted successfully. Published by Red Fox, Biggles was brought up in India, speaks fluent Hindi and has a number of Indian friends and colleagues. Condition: Very good. Leaves warehouse in 3 to 5 days. Here at Walmart.

Biggles Delivers the Goods published just three years after Biggles in Borneo repeats the earlier work's plot so closely that the later novel is clearly a revision. In both books, Biggles establishes a secret airfield behind Japanese lines, which is discovered and attacked by the Japanese before he can achieve his objectives.

Algy is captured by the Japanese and threatened with execution by a brutal Japanese commandant; rubber as an important strategic material figures largely. All ends well in both novels, as a massive air attack relieves the airfield's brave defenders and defeats the Japanese. Johns went on to write a staggering Biggles titles before his death in Our Lists.

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