|Title:||Biggles Flies North (Biggles #18)|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Tags:||adventure, Canada, fiction, Biggles (Fictional character)|
Answering a call for help by letter from an old friend, Biggles, Algy, Ginger and Smyth fly to Fort Beaver in Canada. Here they intend to meet up with Wilks, or Captain Wilkinson of 187 Squadron as he used to be known. Wilks has started a small airline business called ‘Arctic Airways’ but is now having problems with a man named ‘Brindle’ Jake McBain and his cronies. On arrival, Biggles finds Wilks is missing and immediately crosses swords with McBain who is “sharing” Wilks’ aerodrome, but in reality is really an unwanted trespasser. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Johns, W. E. (William Earl)
William Earl Johns (1893-1968), better known as Capt. W.E. Johns, was a British author noted for his juvenile fiction featuring stories about pilots and flying. Johns first career was as a sanitary inspector but he soon gave it up to enlist in the army at the beginning of World War I. He saw action during the Gallipoli Campaign and also served garrison duty in Egypt. Afterwards he applied to serve in the Royal Flying Corps. He was posted to a flying school in England where he trained pilots. In the 1930s he began to write fiction basing his stories on his flying experience. All told he wrote over 150 novels and short stories for young boys and girls. (wejohns.com)
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