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The dust jacket of an early 1970s edition of Johns' Biggles, Pioneer Air Fighter
The dust jacket of an early 1970s edition of Johns' Biggles, Pioneer Air Fighter

James Bigglesworth, better known in flying circles as "Biggles", is a fictional pilot and adventurer created by W. E. Johns. Image File history File linksMetadata Biggles_Pioneer_Air_Fighter_-_WE_Johns_-_c1971_book_dust_jacket. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Biggles_Pioneer_Air_Fighter_-_WE_Johns_-_c1971_book_dust_jacket. ... W. E. Johns (February 5, 1893 - 21 June 1968) was an English pilot and writer of adventure stories, best known as the creator of the ace pilot and adventurer Biggles. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... For other uses, see Aviator (disambiguation). ... The adventure novel is a literary genre of novels that has adventure, an exciting undertaking involving risk and physical danger, as its main theme. ... W. E. Johns (February 5, 1893 - 21 June 1968) was an English pilot and writer of adventure stories, best known as the creator of the ace pilot and adventurer Biggles. ...

He first appeared in the story "The White Fokker", published in the first issue of Popular Flying magazine, in 1932. The first collection of Biggles stories, The Camels are Coming, was published that same year. Fokker was a Dutch aircraft manufacturer named after its founder, Anthony Fokker. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Biggles history

In his first appearance, Biggles was a scout (fighter) pilot in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during World War I. He joined the RFC in 1916 at the young age of 17, having conveniently "lost" his birth certificate. The original Biggles stories were based on Johns' experience — and stories he had heard from other pilots — during his time in France. (Johns, unlike Biggles did not fly scouts; he was in a bomber squadron.) Biggles was supposedly based on Cyril Lowe. While the purpose of the Biggles stories was to entertain young men, Johns paid attention to historical detail and helped recreate the primitive days of early air combat — when most pilots died in their first combat and before devices such as respirators and parachutes had become practical. Throughout his career, Biggles flew a number of planes which almost delineate the early history of British military aviation, from Sopwith Camels during World War I to Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires in World War II. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with aerial warfare. ... The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was the over-land air arm of the British military during most of World War I. // Formed by Royal Warrant on 13 May 1912, the RFC superseded the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Bomber (disambiguation). ... Group Captain Cyril Nelson Kit Lowe MC DFC (7 October 1891 — February 6, 1983) was an English rugby union footballer, First World War flying ace, and supposedly the inspiration for W. E. Johns character Biggles Lowe was born in Holbeach, Lincolnshire and became a triple Cambridge blue. ... The Sopwith Camel Scout is a British First World War single-seat fighter aircraft that was famous for its maneuverability. ... The Hawker Hurricane was a British single-seat fighter aircraft designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. ... The Supermarine Spitfire was an iconic British single-seat fighter, which was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during the Second World War, and into the 1950s. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

Early life

According to the John Pearson's work " Biggles - the Authorised Biography" the name Bigglesworth started out as an attempt to anglisise the Flemish surname Beiggelschwarz the surname of an Dutch ancestor who had settled in Aberdeen in the 18th century.

James Bigglesworth was born in India sometime in May 1899, the son of John Henry Bigglesworth, an administrator in the Indian Civil Service and Catherine Bigglesworth (nee Lacey) the daughter of the Governor of Bengal. James was the younger of two sons, Charles being the elder by 5 years. Biggles grew up with little contact with European culture, starting a lifelong affection for India, befriending the local Indian boys, exploring the countryside and learning to speak fluent Hindi.

Holidays in England were spent with his eccentric uncle, inventor and former Brigadier General 'Bonzo' Bigglesworth, in rural Norfolk.

He then attended Malton Hall school in Hertbury, England. His first encounter with an aircraft was with a Bleriot that force landed on the school cricket pitch.

War Service

Biggles left school and initially joined the army as a subaltern in the Rifle Regiment in 1916. He transferred to the RFC and learned to fly in the summer of 1916, at No. 17 Flying Training School, which was at Settling, in Norfolk, flying solo after two hours of instruction. He then attended No. 4 'School of Fighting' in Frensham, Lincolnshire. The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consorts Own) was a regiment of the British Army. ... Settling is the process by which particulates settle to the bottom of a liquid and form a sediment. ... Norfolk (IPA: //) is a low-lying county in East Anglia in the east of southern England. ...

Posted to France with just 15 hours solo, he first flew in combat in September 1916 with 169 Squadron, RFC, (commanded by Major Paynter). His observer was another youth named Mark Way, a New Zealander. Biggles began flying the FE2 "pusher", and later the Bristol F2B. In late summer 1917, he was transferred to the fictional 266 Squadron RFC, commanded by a Dubliner, Major Mullen. With 266 Squadron, Biggles flew the Sopwith Pup and the famed Sopwith Camel. A study of the short stories featuring his World War I exploits, suggests that he claimed at least 32 kills, and was shot down or crash-landed eight times. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and the Military Cross and bar. F.E.2b in profile. ... A British WWI-era F.E.2b pusher. ... The Bristol F.2 Fighter was a British two-seat biplane fighter and reconnaissance aircraft of World War I flown by the Royal Flying Corps. ... Dublin city centre at night WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ... The Sopwith Pup was a single seater biplane fighter aircraft used by Great Britain in the First World War. ... The Sopwith Camel Scout is a British First World War single-seat fighter aircraft that was famous for its maneuverability. ... DSO medal The Distinguished Service Order (DSO) is a military decoration of the United Kingdom, and formerly of other Commonwealth countries, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat. ... The Military Cross (MC) is the third level military decoration awarded to officers and (since 1993) other ranks of the British Army and formerly also to officers of other Commonwealth countries. ...

Special Air Police

Later stories told of Biggles' adventures after the war, as a charter pilot of an unidentified amphibian (often illustrated on covers, anachronistically, as either a Supermarine Walrus or Supermarine Sea Otter), his return to service in World War II (initially with a Supermarine S6B type machine in the Baltic) and then as Commanding Officer of 666 Squadron, RAF, a Special Duties squadron sent around the world on specific assignments. Several collections of stories detailed further adventures in peacetime; others filled in his equally adventurous childhood in India and the story of how he came to join the RFC, flying with New Zealand observer Mark Way in an FE2 before he converted to scouts. Biggles' first post-war action saw him in the African desert with new twin-engined types (possibly Bristol Brigand and de Havilland Hornet). The Supermarine Walrus was an amphibious reconnaissance aircraft designed by R. J. Mitchell and operated by the Fleet Air Arm. ... The Supermarine Sea Otter, the developement of the Walrus, was intended to have a longer range. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Supermarine S.6B was a racing seaplane developed by Reginald Mitchell for the Supermarine company in order to win the Schneider Trophy in 1931. ... The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe, from 53°N to 66°N latitude and from 20°E to 26°E longitude. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Bristol Type 164 Brigand was the outcome of a 1942 specification (H. 7/42) calling for a faster edition of the Beaufighter for long range torpedo work and anti-shipping strikes. ... The de Havilland Hornet was a development of de Havillands classic Mosquito designed as private venture for a long-range fighter for use in the Pacific Theater in the war against Japan. ...

Biggles has a small team of friends including his cousin Algy (the Hon. Algernon Lacey), Ginger (Hebblethwaite) and Bertie (Lord Bertie Lissie), who share many of his adventures as pilots in the Special Air Police which they form after World War II, flying Auster and Percival types, under the command of Air Commodore Raymond, who is at this time an Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard. Auster Autocrat from 1952 For the Roman god of the south wind, see Notus. ... Hunting Aircraft was a British aircraft manufacturer, primarily producing light training aircraft. ... An Air Commodoress sleeve/shoulder insignia Air Commodore is the fourth most senior rank active in the Royal Air Force today, after the deactivation of Marshal of the Royal Air Force as a substantive rank in peacetime during defence cuts of the 1990s. ... New Scotland Yard, London New Scotland Yard, it blowwsssss often referred to simply as Scotland Yard or The Yard, is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for policing Greater London (although not the City of London itself). ...

Biggles' greatest opponent is the German spy officer Erich von Stalhein. They first meet when Biggles acts as a spy in the Middle East, where Biggles has some narrow escapes. Von Stalhein returns as an adversary in numerous other adventures. Following World War II, von Stalhein enters the services of the Communist bloc, until he gets imprisoned on the isle of Sakhalin, from where Biggles helps him escape (in Biggles buries a Hatchet, 1958). After this, Stalhein and Biggles are friends. During the Cold War, the Eastern Bloc (or Soviet Bloc) comprised the following Central and Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Poland, Albania (until the early 1960s, see below), the Soviet Union, and Czechoslovakia. ... Sakhalin (Russian: , IPA: ; Japanese: 樺太 ) or サハリン )); Chinese: 庫頁; also Saghalien, is a large elongated island in the North Pacific, lying between 45°50 and 54°24 N. It is part of Russia and is its largest island, administered as part of Sakhalin Oblast. ...

Johns continued writing Biggles short stories and novels up until his death in 1968; in all, nearly 100 Biggles books were published. Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Female characters

In the Biggles stories, there are several females and love affairs. However, despite brief affairs, Biggles and his chums remain steadfastly single. Biggles suffered a disappointment in World War I, when he fell in love with German spy Marie Janis in the short story "Affaire de Coeur" (set in 1918); he later rescues her from East Germany in Biggles Looks Back.

In Biggles Fails to Return (published in 1943), Ginger falls in love with the sister of the French pilot who has flown Biggles into France on a secret mission, and at the end of the story Ginger gets to spend several weeks in her company while awaiting transport back to England.

There is a documented discussion of the issue of Biggles, sex and alcohol in By Jove, Biggles: The Life of Captain W.E. Johns (1981) by Peter Berresford Ellis and Piers Williams. Peter Berresford Ellis (born 10 March 1943) is a historian, literary biographer and novelist who has published over 50 books to date under his own name and that of his pseudonym Peter Tremayne. ...

In the 1950s, a popular Australian radio version of Biggles was made under licence to Johns. Johns did not write the scripts and apparently ended the contract after receiving complaints from young readers that the storyline had made Biggles "go soft" by taking up a blonde female lover! Because most of the popularity of Biggles was with children, he was unable to include sexual storylines which bored them. (When the early World War I-based Biggles books were reprinted for children, book publishers also edited a case of "whisky" to a case of "lemonade" bottles, resulting in absurd episodes of squadrons risking their lives for a prize of fizzy pop.[citation needed])

Another female character appears in the form of Worrals, 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 King, nicknamed "Gimlet" also features in a series of books that intersect with Biggles at times. His regular colleagues are Corporal Albert Edward Collson, nicknamed "Copper" (he is an ex-policeman), Private "Trapper" Troublay, and Nigel Norman Peters, nicknamed "Cub".) (1941). ... The U.S. Womens Auxiliary Air Force was created in June of 1939. ... For other uses, see Commando (disambiguation). ...

Criticism and controversies

Though Biggles and his friends age in the books, they do so more slowly than appears historically credible. The books somewhat obviously chronicle developments in aviation technology and also social changes. In an early book, the evidence points to an English nobleman as the perpetrator, but Biggles can dismiss this out of hand as the gentry would never commit a crime; in a later novel, one of the gentry is the villain.

Biggles books have been satirised for their archaic use of language, notably terms such as "opined" and "ejaculated" and the use of what were thought to be racial stereotypes and characterisations (Germans are often referred to as "the Hun", for example- [yes, that's because they were the enemy who invaded a virtually defenceless Belgium and were deserving of contempt] ). During the 1960s there was a reaction against what was perceived as a right-wing 'imperial mentality' in Britain; this led to the books being removed from most British libraries, a move which has been later derided as a classic example of political correctness, since attitudes in the books can be seen as typical of the time in which they were written, and all of the accusations of right-wing racial bias are groundless. Nevertheless, some of the descriptions of the "natives" encountered in the books are likely to rise some eyebrows today. Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ...

Written for children, the stories contain no strong swearing and no explicit sexual content, but alcohol is mentioned occasionally and cigarettes are much in evidence. Assumed British values of bravery, honesty and fair play are stressed, and Johns' accusers (few of whom had even read the books) had to resort to extreme manipulation of the texts in order to condemn them. Look up Profanity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

There are a number of positive non-white characters in the books, from the Oxford-educated Chinaman, Li Chi, in Biggles Flies Again and the perky Polynesian girl, Full Moon, in Biggles In The South Seas, to the Indian man set to inherit Biggles' job in Biggles Does Some Homework, Johns' multiracial characters challenge his critics' expectations. Biggles himself was brought up in India, speaks fluent Hindi, and has a number of Indian friends and colleagues; he asserts to Colonel Raymond, in Biggles Delivers the Goods, that he has "always tried to be decent to all men, regardless of race, nationality, colour or creed", and a message in the books, often delivered with heavy-handed emphasis, is that readers should endeavour to do likewise. “Whites” redirects here. ...

The stories have their dark side, with Biggles setting out on at least one occasion with "red mist", inspired by the death of a comrade. They also touch on the emotional strain of combat, with Johns often describing Biggles as "highly-strung" fidgeting pale youth lacking in a sense of humour. The latter World War I stories can be read as implying that Biggles was suffering from combat fatigue and stress. Red Mist is the name of the track and the second music video off Boondoxs debut album, The Harvest. ... ...

The inter-war books are reasonably typical of boys' adventure literature of the time, and similar plots and characterisations could be found in comics and books of other genres. The Cruise of the Condor (1933), for example, is representative of this period. By the time of the Second World War, the characterisations and some plot devices had clearly dated, but their popularity was assured, perhaps by a public desire for reminders of past success, and by the way "The Few" caught the popular imagination. Post-war Biggles books often feel anachronistic, but the character's adventures with the fictitious Special Air Police do provide numerous well-written short stories, some of which stand the test of time.[citation needed] The Few is a term used to describe the Allied airmen of the Royal Air Force (RAF) who won the Battle of Britain in the Second World War. ...

Biggles in later popular culture

The cover of the 1952 hardback edition of Johns' Biggles Delivers The Goods
The cover of the 1952 hardback edition of Johns' Biggles Delivers The Goods

Most of the Biggles books are out of print, but Red Fox is reprinting many of the titles. The books are a common target for collectors, with some titles fetching high prices, especially the handful that were deleted before being reprinted into paperback. The rarest title, Biggles and the Deep Blue Sea, has been known to fetch $1,000 on eBay. Image File history File linksMetadata Biggles_Delivers_The_Goods_-_WE_Johns_1952_hardback_book_cover. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Biggles_Delivers_The_Goods_-_WE_Johns_1952_hardback_book_cover. ... W. E. Johns (February 5, 1893 - 21 June 1968) was an English pilot and writer of adventure stories, best known as the creator of the ace pilot and adventurer Biggles. ... For other uses, see Red Fox (disambiguation). ... eBay headquarters in San Jose eBay North First Street satellite office campus (home to PayPal) eBay Inc. ...

Biggles was parodied in a series of skits on the 1970s British comedy television show, Monty Python's Flying Circus, including one titled "Biggles Dictates a Letter".[1] In the sketch, Biggles behaves in a naive and overreactive manner about the sexual orientation of his fellow comrades; shooting Algy in the process. "Cardinal Biggles", complete with flying helmet and goggles, assists in the interrogations in the Spanish Inquisition sketch. Text stories in the "Papperbok" included "Biggles Flies Down". There have been many other references to the character in film and literature. The fictional title Biggles Flies Undone was mentioned in the "Biggles Dictates a Letter" Monty Python's episode, but was never actually produced. In the first Comic Relief, Michael Palin read the skit "Biggles Goes to See Bruce Springsteen". In Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, a customer in The Bookshop Sketch, also found on their Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album, requests a fictious title, "Biggles Combs his Hair". In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... This article is about the television series. ... The Spanish Inquisition was one of the most popular Monty Python sketches. ... Cover of The Brand New Monty Python Bok. ... Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a 1982 film in which the Monty Python team perform many of their greatest sketches and skits in the Hollywood Bowl, including a couple of pre-Python ones. ... Monty Pythons Contractual Obligation Album (or simply Contractual Obligation Album) is an album released by Monty Python in 1980. ...

In 2005, the British television show Doctor Who created a Biggles-based character called Captain Jack, for the episode "The Empty Child"[2]. The Captain had adopted the persona of an RAF volunteer, and had a friend called Algy; a nod to W.E. Johns' creation. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Doctor Who (disambiguation). ... For other persons and meanings, see Jack Harkness (disambiguation). ... The Empty Child is an episode in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast on May 21, 2005. ... Persona literally means mask , although it does not usually refer to a literal mask but to the social masks all humans supposedly wear. ... “RAF” redirects here. ...

Biggles appeared in a short-lived 1960 TV series based on the books with Neville Whiting playing the title role. Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

He was also featured in a 1986 feature film called Biggles: Adventures in Time, directed by John Hough with Neil Dickson in the title role. The film attempted to add appeal to the character by adding a science fiction element, but it was a commercial and critical failure. Dickson reprised the character in all but name, in the Pet Shop Boys' feature film, It Couldn't Happen Here. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... John Hough (born 1941) is a British film and television director. ... Neil Dickson is a British actor, who has worked extensively in both American and British film and television. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Pet Shop Boys are an English synthpop/pop music grammy-nominated duo, consisting of Neil Tennant who provides main vocals, keyboards and very occasionally guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally on vocals. ... It Couldnt Happen Here is a Pet Shop Boys movie released in 1988. ...

An Unauthorised Biography by John Pearson, published in the 1980s, added new and embellished elements to the character's history, including the ageing Biggles' suicide in a vintage Spitfire in the 1960s. A4 format cartoon adventures in which the Biggles characters use a mix of vintage and modern aircraft were published in the 1980s. John Pearson (born May 10, 1930) is a writer best associated with James Bond creator Ian Fleming. ...

The lyrics of the Jethro Tull song, Thick As a Brick, has a line that mentions Biggles ("So, where the hell was Biggles when you needed him last Saturday?"). Additionally, Biggles is mentioned several times in the elaborate album cover, which is a parody of a local British newspaper, most significantly in a story entitled "Do Not See Me Rabbit". Jethro Tull are a Grammy Award winning English rock band that formed in 1967-1968[1]. Their music is marked by the distinctive vocal style and lead flute work of front man Ian Anderson. ... Thick as a Brick (1972) is a concept album by the rock band Jethro Tull. ...

In the Austin Powers movie series, Doctor Evil has a hairless cat named "Mr Bigglesworth". The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Dr. Evil is a fictional supervillain played by Mike Myers in the Austin Powers film series. ...

In an episode of Top Gear, the "tame racing driver" known as The Stig was introduced with the line: "Let's hand the old crate over to our resident test pilot—Stiggles!". In a later episode, where Clarkson was driving and his two colleagues were flying, he referred to them as "Algy and Ginger". The current format of Top Gear is a BAFTA[1] and Emmy Award-winning BBC television series about motor vehicles, mainly cars. ... The Stig is the name given to the anonymous racing driver on the BBC motoring show Top Gear. ... Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring. ...

Biggles Recounts the Falklands War, by D. Chauvin, M. Uderzo, B. Asso and J. Rideau appeared in 2007.

Biggles comics

A list of comics was released in 1990 [3] featuring the Biggles team. The titles are separate from the books though they cover the same war or after war investigation operations of Biggles.

List of Biggles books

  1. The Camels are Coming (1932)
  2. The Cruise of the Condor (1933)
  3. Biggles of the Camel Squadron (1934)
  4. Biggles Flies Again (1934)
  5. Biggles Learns To Fly (1935)
  6. The Black Peril (1935)
  7. Biggles Flies East (1935)
  8. Biggles Hits the Trail (1935)
  9. Biggles in France (1935)
  10. Biggles & Co (1936)
  11. Biggles in Africa (1936)
  12. Biggles - Air Commodore (1937)
  13. Biggles Flies West (1937)
  14. Biggles Flies South (1938)
  15. Biggles Goes To War (1938)
  16. The Rescue Flight (1939)
  17. Biggles in Spain (1939)
  18. Biggles Flies North (1939)
  19. Biggles - Secret Agent (1940)
  20. Biggles in the Baltic (1940)
  21. Biggles in the South Seas (1940)
  22. Biggles Defies the Swastika (1941)
  23. Biggles Sees It Through (1941)
  24. Spitfire Parade (1941)
  25. Biggles in the Jungle (1942)
  26. Biggles Sweeps the Desert (1942)
  27. Biggles - Charter Pilot (1943)
  28. Biggles in Borneo (1943)
  29. Biggles Fails To Return (1943)
  30. Biggles in the Orient (1945)
  31. Biggles Delivers the Goods (1946)
  32. Sergeant Bigglesworth CID (1947)
  33. Biggles' Second Case (1948)
  34. Biggles Hunts Big Game (1948)
  35. Biggles Takes a Holiday (1948)
  36. Biggles Breaks the Silence (1949)
  37. Biggles Gets His Men (1950)
  38. Another Job For Biggles (1951)
  39. Biggles Goes To School (1951)
  40. Biggles Works It Out (1952)
  41. Biggles Takes the Case (1952)
  42. Biggles Follows On (1952)
  43. Biggles - Air Detective (1952)
  44. Biggles and the Black Raider (1953)
  45. Biggles in the Blue (1953)
  46. Biggles in the Gobi (1953)
  47. Biggles of the Special Air Police (1953)
  48. Biggles Cuts It Fine (1954)
  49. Biggles and the Pirate Treasure (1954)
  50. Biggles Foreign Legionnaire (1954)
  51. Biggles Pioneer Air Fighter (1954)
  52. Biggles in Australia (1955)
  53. Biggles' Chinese Puzzle (1955)
  54. Biggles of 266 (1956)
  55. No Rest For Biggles (1956)
  56. Biggles Takes Charge (1956)
  57. Biggles Makes Ends Meet (1957)
  58. Biggles of the Interpol (1957)
  59. Biggles on the Home Front (1957)
  60. Biggles Presses On (1958)
  61. Biggles on Mystery Island (1958)
  62. Biggles Buries a Hatchet (1958)
  63. Biggles in Mexico (1959)
  64. Biggles' Combined Operation (1959)
  65. Biggles at the World's End (1959)
  66. Biggles and the Leopards of Zinn (1960)
  67. Biggles Goes Home (1960)
  68. Biggles and the Poor Rich Boy (1960)
  69. Biggles Forms a Syndicate (1961)
  70. Biggles and the Missing Millionaire (1961)
  71. Biggles Goes Alone (1962)
  72. Orchids for Biggles (1962)
  73. Biggles Sets a Trap (1962)
  74. Biggles Takes It Rough (1963)
  75. Biggles Takes a Hand (1963)
  76. Biggles' Special Case (1963)
  77. Biggles and the Plane That Disappeared (1963)
  78. Biggles Flies To Work (1963)
  79. Biggles and the Lost Sovereigns (1964)
  80. Biggles and the Black Mask (1964)
  81. Biggles Investigates (1964)
  82. Biggles Looks Back (1965)
  83. Biggles and the Plot That Failed (1965)
  84. Biggles and the Blue Moon (1965)
  85. Biggles Scores a Bull (1965)
  86. Biggles in the Terai (1966)
  87. Biggles and the Gun Runners (1966)
  88. Biggles Sorts It Out (1967)
  89. Biggles and the Dark Intruder (1967)
  90. Biggles and the Penitent Thief (1967)
  91. Biggles and the Deep Blue Sea (1967)
  92. The Boy Biggles (1968)
  93. Biggles in the Underworld (1968)
  94. Biggles and the Little Green God (1969)
  95. Biggles and the Noble Lord (1969)
  96. Biggles Sees Too Much (1970)
  97. Biggles Does Some Homework (1997)
  98. Biggles Air Ace: The Uncollected Stories (1999)

Johns died while still writing Biggles Does Some Homework. Although never completed, it was released as a strictly limited edition of 300 copies in paperback. A further limited print run of 300 hardback copies have been printed in 2007 by Norman Wright publishing.

  • Biggles- The Authorised Biography -John Pearson (Hamlyn 1978)

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