Biggles Forms a Syndicate by W. E. Johns was first published in 1961 by Hodder & Stoughton. There has been 3 subsequent editions in the English language. The events in the book take place mainly in the Aden Protectorate.
A former R.A.F. colleague, Squadron Leader "Dizzy" Digswell approaches Biggles with a proposal to go out and recover a treasure from archaeological remains which he has discovered. He believes they are the fabled lost city of Ophir. They need a private aircraft and so Biggles forms a syndicate where each of the partners puts in money to fund the expedition. Bertie and Ginger are sent to accompany Digswell to the site near Aden but soon, Biggles gets news that they are in trouble.
Note: The sections below contain spoilers. In particular, the plot subpage (click here) has an extended summary of the narrative in the book
The Special Air Police/Scotland YardEdit
- Air Commodore Raymond
- Algy Lacey
- Ginger Hebblethwaite
- Bertie Lissie
- Squadron Leader "Dizzy" Digswell
- Flying Officer Smith
- Sheikh Mital ibn Yezzin
- Ahmed ibn Mital
- Tommy Thomas
- Hautha - emergency landing ground about 100 miles from Aden
Other Research NotesEdit
References to the other storiesEdit
- It is what is not mentioned that is significant. There is obviously secrecy surrounding many of Biggles' operations and Digswell probably couldn't be relied upon to be discreet.
- Biggles doesn't tell Digswell but he and his crew are no strangers to Aden and the Red Sea coast of Arabia.
- In Another Job for Biggles, Biggles and co. were in Aden and later flew to the Wadi al Arwat, an area in the Empty Quarter in the hinterland behind Aden.
- In Biggles Works Overtime, Biggles visited El Bishra, an oasis on the Arabian Red Sea coast near Jeddah.
- Similarly, Bertie is right in telling Digswell that he never served in Mosul while in the R.A.F. However, Biggles and co. know that area well. In Biggles Foreign Legionnaire, Biggles and Ginger were sent to the Valley of the Tartars in Northern Iraq. Mosul was the nearest aerodrome. Algy and Bertie flew out of Mosul to look for them.