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Biggles of the Fighter Squadron Paperback – 4 Feb 1993
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Biggles is back! And with new retro-style covers he'll be bigger than ever!
From the Back Cover
GOOD SHOW BIGGLESWORTH!
The First World War is nearing its final stages and Biggles and his fellow flyers are struggling to maintain supremacy over the German air aces. In this game cunning is everything and Biggles hatches some outrageous and desperate schemes in order to stay ahead - and alive.
Biggles is back! Now classic fiction, the action-packed adventures of cult hero and flying ace Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth are available in new editions for another generation.
Top Customer Reviews
As ever, these are more of the best Biggles stories, striking a wonderful balance between the very deadly real dangers of fighting above the trenches versus an air of levity, adventure and comradeship.
If you enjoyed any of the other stories set at the same time, you have to complete the set. They're so addictive.
`Biggles of the Fighter Squadron' was first published in 1934 under the name of `Biggles of the Camel* Squadron'. Comprising 13 short stories, it recounts the early days of James Bigglesworth's career when he was a young pilot in the RFC (Royal Flying Corps) at the latter end of The Great War.
Like all of the best entries in this mammoth series of action-adventure yarns, it is full of excitement and incident. In a forward by W.E. Johns, we are told that - no matter how far-fetched they may appear to be - the stories are all based upon genuine incidents of madcap airborne heroics. Thus, we must accept that a pilot could survive flying underneath a too-narrow German-held bridge, losing his wings in the process of dropping an all-important bomb. Likewise, the terrifying `reality' of lethal phosphorous-fuelled clouds must be taken at face value. Indeed, Johns instils his tales with such energy and credibility that comes from knowing the HE WAS THERE, that the reader cannot help but be mesmerised by the described events.
Although ostensibly a `children's' book, `Biggles of the Fighter Squadron' doesn't shirk from some of the grim realities of warfare. Although there is a shoot-`em-up feel to some of the aerial passages, the loss of a fellow pilot is truly FELT by Biggles. Similarly, in one terrific story ('Biggles Finds His Feet'), our hero crash lands in No Man's Land and finds himself caught up in the grim theatre of trench warfare. Finally, `Scotland Forever!' (the last tale) offers up a wild, bloody showdown inside a British aerodrome with the Germans launching a fierce, futile closing onslaught at the end of the conflict.Read more ›
This collection of short stories is over eighty years old and I am in no doubt that the dialogue and attitudes of the characters would seem faintly ridiculous to his target audience in the 21st Century. However, with the passage of time, the stories have perhaps become something they weren't intended to be so that the flippant attitude given to the characters now seems ironic and maybe even satirical. Hamilton-Paterson stresses that there was an element of glib fatalism in the language used by RFC pilots and a tendency to understate circumstances that led to the short life expectancy of pilots at that time. In fairness to Johns', he does not shy away from this and whilst the short stories are lightweight in some respects, the accounts all ring true.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this book when I was younger, great stories by a writer who actually flew over the Western front in WW1. Don't know why no one has made this into a TV series.Published 8 months ago by Grahawk
What can you say, it's Biggles. Has stood the test of time. Dated, but it is of its.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very entertaining. If you read it outloud to people you find other people edging closer and listening in!Published 16 months ago by G. C. Palmer
These old war time yarns are rether good and simple I love them!!!!Published 23 months ago by Norman Hart
Reading this book as an adult I was surprised how enjoyable it still is compared to reading it as a child.Published 24 months ago by MJF