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Biggles of the Camel Suadron First published in 1934 'Biggles of the Camel Suadron' is a collection of 11 short stories covering the exploits of Biggles as a pilot with 266 Suadron RFC over the Western Front in WW1 The stories have a gritty realistic veneer drawn from the authors experiences as a pilot in the same conflict a value noticeably lacking in later Biggles books set from the 1950s The stories themselves are very short and snappy with some great plot idea as well as some very silly plot ideas The stories in my edition are preceded by a short Foreword and a short piece entitled 'How Biggles Was Born' Judging by the references to events in WW2 mentioned in these I guess they will either be absent or differ considerably in early editions Great fun Biggles is involved in 13 different action packed incidents in 'Biggles of the Fighter Suadron' It is towards the end of World War I and he has to be at his best to devise some outrageous cunning and desperate schemes to down some German ace pilots to rescue some of his pals or simply to stay alive to fight another dayFor instance he teaches a cocky young pilot Henry Watkins fresh out of flying training how to attack the Germans and return safely Watkins who does shoot down a German flyer ignores Biggles' advice and fails to return from a sortie so Biggles has to fly out to find him shoot down a few Germans on the way and escort Watkins safely home; he then gives him a dressing down and stresses that he must follow orders in the future Watkins is suitably chastisedBiggles also gets entangled in a German suadron's flight and has to cleverly work his way out of it before he is spotted by the other German flyers or shot down by anti aircraft fire by his own side as he flies over British lines He manages to perform a miracle by disappearing in cloud and then finding his way safely back homeHe also encounters an eccentric old man who has designed and manufactured from bits of all sorts of metal his own aircraft complete with a special bomb that he reckoned would undoubtedly end the war if the government would sanction it Biggles flies the 'plane drops the bomb but with disastrous conseuences However once this time bedraggled he eventually finds his way safely back to baseIn a bizarre way he also befriends an ace German flyer when meeting in combat; Biggles' aircraft develops a fault and sportingly the German escorts him safely home rather than shoot him down Biggles later comes across the same flyer in a mass dog fight and he returns the favour by not finishing the German off when his 'plane develops problems all very gentlemanlyWhilst the stories are all relatively exciting and action packed I prefer Biggles when he is involved in a full length adventure where the action is continuous throughout and the reader wonders what is going to happen next The stories are so short in 'Biggles of the Fighter Suadron' the full thrill of the read is disseminated every dozen or so pages when one short story ends sometimes abruptly and another begins Thanks to Capt WE John's first hand knowlege his text is highly evocative both in the detail of strategy machinery logistics and above all in the language he uses Though he portrays war in the air as an adventure remember this is a childrens book he does describe moments of sickening uncertainty; he does not trivialise war His young reader is left older and wiser By comparison many childrens books published today seem thoroughly childish and lifeless Old School adventure done properly jolly good show Easy to mock hard to copy simple but technically meticulous stories give a fascinating insight into early flying seen from a very particular perspectiveAlso very much darker than the 'jolly japes' image might suggest Death loss grief and the futility of war are not far from the surface Well worth a read I want to be 12 again Few characters span so much time so well and I remember how much I loved this book having read some of the WWII adventures and detective books before it If like me you have not read the earlier books first pick this up this is not a preuel it's a birth of a hero Click here for a video version of this review of the Camel Suadron is the third of just under 100 Biggles books written by Captain WE Johns The first was a collection of short stories set in the First World War the second was a full length novel adventure and in Biggles of the Camel Suadron we again return to the short story format at the front lines on France between 1914 and 1918 Published in 1934 these stories first appeared in the magazines Popular Flying and The Modern Boy They are exactly the kinds of stories to get a young boy's mind caught up in the “adventure” of warLike the first book this one for what is essentially a kids book is pretty up front about the realities of war There’s friends lost in battle pilots described as slumping dead in their seats before diving into the earth people falling out of planes without parachutes and soldiers getting blown up on the front lines While there is a sense of adventure about it there are some cold realities presented tooIt’s uite a short book with just 13 stories in it and it took me about a week to get through itIt’s good simple stuff that is entertaining but also a history lesson at the same time 1956 hardback edition This is the third Biggles book that I've read and my favourite so far Unlike the other two this is a collection of 11 short stories and an interesting foreword The stories are about as varied as a collection of stories starring a WW1 pilot could possibly be and surprisingly educational and action packed for something written so long ago About 34 of the way through this 215 page book come The Funk The Professor Comes Back and The Great Arena which I enjoyed the most WE Johns' writing of the action scenes actually has my pulse racing on occasions which is something very few writers ever manage to pull off especially as dogfights are a chaotic affair that are difficult to describe well If you can't find the Biggles books in order this would be a good one to start with 4255 I have happily returned to the world of Biggles This one unlike my last review did not disappoint It was much like the first two I read Biggles a fearless pilot is still fighting the Germans during the First World WarAt first I thought this one would have the same things happen again like the others but a few new characters were introduced gotta love the Professor and Hartcourt and the chapter when Biggles crashes at the British lines during a fierce battle was epic and uniue A war book that will certainly appeal to 12 13 year olds boys and to those who enjoy a good airplane story A couple uses of deuce blinking blamed and confounded PRE ISBNNo date of publication statedFictional based on fact stories of experiment trial and error in the Royal Flying Corps in World Wat 1 The Great WarCONTENTSForwardHow 'Biggles' Was BornGlossary Of Terms UsedThe ProfessorThe Joy Ride The Bridge PartyThe Bottle PartyThe TrapThe FunkThe Professor Comes BackThe Great ArenaThe Dragon's LairBiggles's Day OffScotland For Ever


About the Author: W.E. Johns

Invariably known as Captain WE Johns William Earl Johns was born in Bengeo Hertfordshire England He was the son of Richard Eastman Johns a tailor and Elizabeth Johns née Earl the daughter of a master butcher He had a younger brother Russell Ernest Johns who was born on 24 October 1895 He went to Hertford Grammar School where he was no great scholar but he did develop into a crack sh


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