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Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby TCSC47 » 26 Jul 2018, 10:54

Hi. New here so I hope this is the best place to ask my question? My second Biggles book way back 1962, I think was "Biggles Flies East". However I have re-read the book several times and one scene I remember has not been in any of the later books I have read. It may have been edited out or I may have totally the wrong book!

When Biggles is flying with the German squadron, somebody slits the leading edge of his wing which of course, as we all know, is a dastardly trick and will result in the fabric stripping off shortly after take off. If you can help me you will not need any more description I would think.

I have come across this sabotage in "Another Job for Biggles", but this is certainly not the event I remember in the book I read in 1962. "Another job for Biggles" is of course air police and "Biggles Flies East" is WW1 and I wouldn't mix those up (I would hope!)

I simply remember being absolutely gripped by John's writing of this and I would love to find the actual passage again.

Cheers for any help anybody can give me.
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby Kismet » 26 Jul 2018, 12:23

Hi TCSC47 and welcome. I have a vague memory of Biggles watching the fabric balloon along the leading edge somewhere. I'll see if I can track it down further and come up with an actual book. Hopefully, someone else will get in ahead of me with the answer.
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby kylie_koyote » 26 Jul 2018, 13:06

Hello and Welcome! :wave: :wave:

It's certainly in "Another Job" - that's the bit with the rather unintentionally funny line about Ginger groping Biggles' knee.

I have found the following passage in "Flies East" that may be what you're looking for, TCSC47. It comes from Chapter 14 "Biggles Flies a Bomber".

His high speed soliloquy was cut short by an explosion under his wing tip that nearly turned him upside down. He tried the controls with frantic haste, and breathed a prayer of thankfulness when he found that they were still functioning, but a long strip of fabric that trailed aft from his lower starboard plane made him feel uneasy. One of the other machines suddenly dipped its nose and began gliding down; he noted that its propeller had stopped, but thought it
might just manage to reach the German lines that now loomed up ahead of them.
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby Frecks » 26 Jul 2018, 14:30

Yes I remember the incident in Another Job for Biggles but it is not in my edition of Flies East. I cannot recall another similar incident but perhaps there is one in a WW1 short story.
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby TCSC47 » 26 Jul 2018, 14:42

Cheers everybody for your replies.
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby TCSC47 » 27 Jul 2018, 10:25

I have been thinking hard about this and I really do think I am getting two stories mixed together. I think the story I am looking for is where Biggles meets von Stalhein for the second time, but I'm not sure which story this is. I'm pretty sure Biggles Flies East is his first encounter with von Stalhein. I have all the WWI books so I must have it, but for the life of me I can not remember it apart from my perhaps erroneous memories of my boyhood reading. I shall just have to dig out my books from the lockup and start reading again.
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby tiffinata » 27 Jul 2018, 10:58

He meets EVS for the second time in '& Co'
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby Frecks » 27 Jul 2018, 11:20

He next appears in Secret Agent followed by the three early WW2 books before Biggles took over 666 Squadron. I think his next appearance is in Takes A Holiday and after that he joins the Russians and pops up all over the place.
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby Merlin » 27 Jul 2018, 15:20

In Sergeant Bigglesworth CID his aileron cable is cut. This is first book after the war and does have nazis in it...
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby Sizzling Sausages » 28 Jul 2018, 01:02

TCSC47 wrote: I shall just have to dig out my books from the lockup and start reading again.

Are you aware of Dr Biggles' site? This gives summaries of all the stories which can be useful to jog the memory if you're trying to think of a particular one.
http://www.biggles.info
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Postby Frecks » 28 Jul 2018, 16:14

Hello there Merlin - welcome to the Forum.
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Postby Tracer » 29 Jul 2018, 10:02

:welcome: Merlin
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby TCSC47 » 09 Aug 2018, 19:16

Thanks again everybody. Very useful leads to follow up.
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Re: Help needed to identify book please. Thanks

Postby Kismet » 09 Aug 2018, 23:43

Hope you find the passage you are looking for. I looked along my bookcase but failed to stimulate my memory. If I do come across anything likely, I'll pass it on.
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