Biggles and the Gun Runners by W. E. Johns was first published in 1966 by Brockhampton Press. There have been two other editions in the English language, both paperbacks by Knight Books and with the slightly changed title Biggles and the Gun-Runners. The events in the book take place mainly in the Sudd, an area of wetlands in Sudan.
Air Commodore Raymond gets orders to put a stop to a gun-running racket which has been supplying weapons to rebels in Africa. Biggles fakes a retirement from the Air Police in the hope of getting employed, he hopes, by the wrong people.
Note: The sections below contain spoilers. In particular, the plot subpage (click here) has an extended summary of the narrative in the book
Scotland Yard and The Special Air PoliceEdit
- Air Commodore Raymond
- Bertie Lissie
- Count Alexander Stavropulos
- Bob "Sandy" Grant
- Roderick Canson
- Jumbo Brady
- Lieutenant I'Nobo
- Joe Blake
- Sergeant Ducard
- Lockheed Constellation
- Douglas DC-4
- Courier - twin engine, 6 seater executive transport
- De Havilland Dragon - mentioned in Chapter 9.
Other Research NotesEdit
- Chapter 7: "It happens I've been here before." In The Case of the Mysterious Gunshots among others.
- Chapter 7: "I once made a little money by getting out a bogged aircraft." A fuller account of this event is then given in Chapter 9 where Biggles describes how a pilot abandoned his De Havilland Dragon in the Sudd. Biggles bought the salvage for ten pounds and went to the Sudd with a friend, dug it out and sold it for seven hundred pounds, making a profit of six hundred pounds. Biggles doesn't say when this happened but it couldn't have happened in the Air Police era.
- The so-called "Congo Crisis" where the Congo government fought a series of wars against secessionist rebels stretched from 1960-1965 and also involved troops fighting under the United Nations banner.