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Biggles of the Fighter Squadron Paperback – 4 Feb 1993

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (4 Feb. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099217015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099217015
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Biggles is back! And with new retro-style covers he'll be bigger than ever!

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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.

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This was the first biggles book i ever read. Formerly Biggles of the Camel Squadron this book has not changed, even though i expected that they would use more up to date language. They Haven't, this book has been unaltered since it was first published. It shows how much strain fighter pilots are under and brings out the heart of the book.
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To complete the WW1 collection of Biggles short stories - when published in the 60s, they were collected together as Biggles Pioneer Air Fighter, Biggles of 266 & Biggles of the Camel Squadron.

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.
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A REVIEW OF `BIGGLES OF THE FIGHTER SQUADRON' by Captain W.E. JOHNS
`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.
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I never really took Biggles seriously and, as a child in the 1970's , remember reading "Biggles in the east" and thinking it was a bit old-fashioned and lacked credibility. Had I not read James Hamilton-Paterson's excellent account of First World War aviation called "Marked for death" I would not have bothered picking up this book. Hamilton-Paterson singles out W.E Johns' World War One-themed books for praise as they afford genuine insight into the life of RFC pilots at the time and, having served in the RFC himself, pointed out the air of authenticity about these books.Having now read the collection of "Biggles of the Fighter Squadron" I am inclined to agree with him as, beneath the veneer of the "boy's own" adventures yarns, are accounts of incidents which Johns' preface explains were true but, for the benefit of his readers, were allocated to the fictional character Biggles.

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.
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This is a great book it's about Biggles and Algy's adventures during World War 1. they find themselves dicing with death as they fly around France shooting down the Germans. They become very good friend's with a clever pilot which they nickname the 'Professor'. Biggles saves the 'Professor' many times and it makes a great story.
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It is very difficult to get our son (11 years) to read. He loves this book and is now reading more in the series. A hit for a recalcitrant reader - it is well written and introduces new vocabulary.
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I find the Biggles books a great read, even if they are not strictly factual, especially the ones on the First World War. I read a lot of them when I was a boy and are now rereading them as a 70+ year old. They still hold a fascination for me.
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