Collection: By Jove, Biggles!

The fictional pilot James Bigglesworth made his first foray into print in a story called “The White Fokker” in 1932. Nearly 100 titles later he is firmly established amongst the greatest heroes of juvenile literature.

“Captain” W.E. Johns, his creator, interestingly never made it to that assumed rank but plateaued at Flying Officer. But there is no doubt he was a brave and talented pilot, although with a reputation for recklessness. On one occasion he wrote off three planes in one day.

Johns was lucky to survive WWI after being brought down on a raid over Mannheim. The Germans sentenced him to be shot but at the last moment this was commuted to imprisonment and he spent the final weeks of the conflict in prisoner-of-war camp in Strasbourg.

After the war Johns joined the RAF where he was given the role of head of recruitment. Famously he turned down an application from one John Hume Ross (later to identify as T.E. Lawrence) but his superiors thankfully overruled him.

Johns continued to pen Biggles stories right until his death in 1968. He did more to fuel enthusiasm for planes and flying than any other single individual and his legacy runs deep.

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  • JOHNS, Capt. W.E. (author). Howard LEIGH and Alfred SINDALL (co-illustrators). Biggles Flies East.
    Biggles Flies East
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Howard LEIGH and Alfred SINDALL (illustrators). Biggles - Air Commodore.
    Biggles - Air Commodore
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). STEAD (illustrator). Biggles Gets His Men.
    Biggles Gets His Men
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Leslie STEAD (illustrator). Biggles Presses On; More Adventures of Biggles and the Special Air Police.
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). [Leslie] STEAD (illustrator). Biggles Goes Home.
    Biggles Goes Home
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). [Leslie] STEAD (illustrator). Biggles Forms A Syndicate.
    Biggles Forms A Syndicate
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Leslie STEAD (illustrator). Biggles And The Missing Millionaire.
    Biggles And The Missing Millionaire
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Leslie STEAD (illustrator). Biggles and the Poor Rich Boy; Another case from the records of Biggles and the Special Air Police.
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Leslie STEAD (illustrator). Orchids For Biggles: An Adventure of Biggles of the Air Police.
    Orchids For Biggles: An Adventure of Biggles of the Air Police
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Leslie STEAD (illustrator). Biggles' Special Case.
    Biggles' Special Case
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Leslie STEAD (illustrator). Biggles And The Plane That Disappeared. A Story of the Air Police.
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Howard LEIGH and Alfred SINDALL (illustrators). Biggles - Secret Agent.
    Biggles - Secret Agent
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Howard LEIGH and Alfred SINDALL (illustrators). Biggles Defies The Swastika.
    Biggles Defies The Swastika
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). STEAD (illustrator). Biggles Makes Ends Meet.
    Biggles Makes Ends Meet
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). STEAD (illustrator). Biggles On Mystery Island.
    Biggles On Mystery Island
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Biggles and the Leopards of Zinn.
    Biggles and the Leopards of Zinn
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  • JOHNS, Captain W.E. (author). Leslie STEAD (illustrator). Biggles Investigates; and other stories of the Air Police.
    Biggles Investigates; and other stories of the Air Police
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