Biggles Goes Home by W. E. Johns was first published in May 1960 by Hodder & Stoughton. Since then there have been at least 2 subsequent editions. The events in the book take place around 1959-1960 in the Garwhal region of India near the border with Tibet.
This is a standard "extraction" story. Biggles is asked to rescue a Chinese merchant who has fled Tibet and gone into hiding somewhere in the jungles of Garwhal. But no on is exactly sure where he is, and to make things worse, Chinese soldiers have crossed the border hunting for him.
Note: The sections below contain spoilers. In particular, the plot subpage (click here) contains an extended summary of the narrative in the book
The Special Air PoliceEdit
- Air Commodore Raymond
- Bertie Lissie
- Gadfly amphibian
- Delhi - transit stop
- Moradabad - transit and jump off point
- Timbi Tso - a lake in the Garwhal jungle
- Nullah Tangla - a nullah or ravine near the lake. Toxan's encampment was in the nullah.
Other Research NotesEdit
- Chronology. In chapter two, Biggles mentions the Dalai Lama fleeing Tibet and seeking refuge in India. This happened in the wake of the failed Tibetan Uprising and took place in March 1959. Mr Poo must have followed soon after. Air Commodore Raymond thinks Toxan wrote his letter requesting help around November and that it has been a month since it was written. This places the events in December 1959 to January 1960.