BIGGLES AIR COMMODORE
by W.E. Johns
Illustrated by Howard Leigh; Alfred Sindall
Published by Oxford University Press; Geoffrey Cumberlege. 1937
Good condition. Stone colour boards with black titles and vignette to front cover. Colour frontis + 7 b/w illustrations.
Covers are very marked and heavily worn. 'Chewing' to one corner. Binding is starting to become weak in places - frontis is partially detached. Foxing. A reading copy.
Stock no. 1108459
- Biggles stumbles across an enemy plan to destroy British shipping in the Indian Ocean. Noticing a coincidence in bad spelling, his linking of three separate ship disappearances leads Colonel Raymond to charge him to investigate. Biggles is given the temporary rank of Air Commodore and command of a destroyer.
- The planned use of a decoy to lure the bandits fails when the bandits sink it. However they persevere, and eventually discover a secret submarine base on an island in the Mergui Archipelago. Not with standing a few distractions they manage to destroy the submarine and its base by using their own mines. They all manage to escape just before a secret stash of poison gas makes the entire island uninhabitable.
- "Bigglesworth, if you'll join our intelligence staff, I'll give you any rank within reason." he declared.
- Biggles shook his head. "It's very nice of you Sir, but I should be absolutely useless in an official capacity," he said slowly. "I have my own way of doing things ..."