BIGGLES SWEEPS THE DESERT
by W.E. Johns
Illustrated by Stead
Published by Hodder & Stoughton. 4th. 1951
Very good condition in a almost very good dustwrapper. Red boards, black titles. Colour frontis and 8 b/w illustrations, 2 double page spreads. 208 pages.
A little bumping to spine and corners. Tiny bump to top edge of front cover. Short dark line to text block affects edges of a couple of pages. Contents clean. Price-cut dustwrapper is edge worn with chipping to ends of spine and folds. Rear panel and spine very slightly grubby.
Stock no. 1506354
- Biggles and his favourite wartime pilots setup a secret airbase in the middle of the desert in order to flush out and destroy a similar base setup by the Germans to prey on cross-continent air traffic.
- The team track the bad guys to an oasis nearby and uncover their use of a compass-disrupting beam to lure aircraft nearer their fighters. Biggles and team pull a few surprises to even the odds, even to the extent of raiding the enemy camp to rescue some prisoners and steal an armoured car. The final German raid on their base, complete with paratroopers, is thwarted just in time and the Germans pack up and head home in defeat.