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The Spy Flyers

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Title:The Spy Flyers
Johns, W. E. (William Earl)   
(82 of 100 for author by title)
Steeley Flies Again (Steeley #2)
Sky High (Steeley #1)
Published:   1933
Publisher:John Hamilton Ltd
Tags:fiction, flying, World War I

The heroes are two characters called Captain Rex Lovell and his observer, Tony Fraser. They are old school friends who previously lived and studied in Germany and so they are both fluent German speakers. Chosen by Major Trevor of Wing Headquarters for a difficult and dangerous mission, they are sent behind enemy lines to blow up a railway tunnel. This they succeed in doing and Major Trevor then asks them if they will be willing to try to hunt down spies working for the Germans. To assist, they are given the use of a captured German ‘Hannoverana’ aircraft and German uniforms. After checking up on a mysterious British S.E.5 aircraft that they have seen, they discover that the plane with that number went down on the German side of the lines a month ago. The plane is seen to land on a German airfield at Varne. Rex and Tony adopt the fake German identities of Adolf Wistmann and Ernst Koepler and fly their German plane over to land on the same German airfield.—wejohns.com [Suggest a different description.]

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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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