Biggles and the Blue Moon by W. E. Johns was first published in May 1965 by Brockhampton Press. Since then there have been at least 6 subsequent editions. The events in the book take place around the mid-1960s in Malaysia.
Biggles is asked to help a wealthy Chinese merchant who is trapped in his countryside villa with his precious collection of rare pearls. This is no easy task considering that the jungles surrounding the remote villa harbour bandits and criminals intent on seizing the jewels. This is a typical "extraction" mission like many before. The story makes multiple references to the historical events of the Malaysia-Indonesian confrontation, an "undeclared war" which took place from 1963 to 1966 and which supplies the backdrop to the mission. Towards the end of the story, Biggles' mission is made even more difficult when invading Indonesian troops land nearby and make their way towards the villa.
The book also includes a special preface about pearls.
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
- Lin Seng
- P. Tong - Lin Seng's branch mananger in Kuala Lumpur
- Chin Tusang
- Auster J1 Autocrat
- Mitsubishi light aircraft - chartered by Mr Tong to drop a message over Taihan. It could only have been a Mitsubishi MU-2.
- Kuala Lumpur, capital of the Federation of Malaysia
- Hotel Merlin, Treacher Road- an actual hotel. Biggles and Algy stayed here.
Other Research NotesEdit
- Chronology. References to the Malaysia-Indonesia confrontation place the events between 1963 and 1966.