Biggles Delivers the Goods by W. E. Johns was first published in 1946 by Hodder & Stoughton. There have been 11 editions altogether in the English language, with the most recent being the 2003 edition by Red Fox. The events in the book take place late in World War 2, probably 1944 or 1945, in the Southeast Asia theatre of operations.
An old acquaintance, Li Chi, has an interesting proposition for the British government. He has a built up a secret cache of rubber, a vital war material, and there is the prospect of more. The British government can have it if they will go and fetch it. The only problem is that it is on a remote island in the Mergui archipelago, more than a thousand miles from the nearest allied air base and behind Japanese lines. Once again, Biggles and his 666 Squadron are called upon to do the impossible--in Biggles' words, "Set up a rubber emporium."
Note: The sections below contain spoilers. In particular, the plot subpage (click here) has an extended summary of the narrative in the book
R.A.F. and 666 SqnEdit
- Air Commodore Raymond
- Algy Lacey
- Ginger Hebblethwaite
- Bertie Lissie
- Johnny Crisp
- "Ferocity" Ferris
- Taffy Hughes
Friends and alliesEdit
- Consolidated B-24 Liberator
- Grumman Gosling
- Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
- Bristol Beaufighter
- Lockheed P-38 Lightning
- Martin B-26 Marauder
- Mitsubishi A6M Zero
- Mitsubishi flying boat - performs photo-reconnaissance of Elephant Island. Johns was probably thinking of the Mitsubishi H.96 flying boat.
- Kawanishi Type 94 seaplane. Ferocity Ferris shoots one down.
- Elephant Island - Mergui Archipelago
- Victoria Point
- Shansie - 50 miles up the Pakchan River from Victoria Point
- Delhi - mentioned as a place where the P-38 Lightnings could be found in the reserve pool.
Other Research NotesEdit
References to the pastEdit
- "All my life I have wondered what would happen if a flying boat had to touch down on jolly old terra firma," so says Bertie in Chapter 3. He seems to have forgotten he did see just such an event. It was in Biggles in Borneo when a Japanese flying boat had tried to land at their Lucky Strike base.
- Chapter 14: Biggles tells Angus that Taffy shot down a Kawanishi a while ago. He meant Ferocity Ferris. It's hard to keep track of all the pilots' names and their whereabouts.