Biggles and the Plane That Disappeared by W. E. Johns was first published in 1963 by Hodder & Stoughton. There has been only 1 subsequent editions in the English language. The events in the book take place mostly in Britain and France.
The story was subsequently reprinted in an abridged form in the Biggles Annual published by World International in 1980.
Biggles investigates the case of a flying club Piper Cub which took off to give a paying passenger a joyride and then was never seen again.
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
- Piper PA-18 Super Cub 95 - G-ALZX, later overpainted with a false registration G-ALCK
- Auster J1 Autocrat
- Halberstadt - Biggles mentions that a German Halberstadt was found in 1938 in the Welsh Hills with the dead crew still inside.
- Avro Anson - Biggles also mentions an Anson, with seven Polish passengers, diverted from the south due to fog and disappeared in the Scottish Highlands. It was only found 6 months later by a deerstalker in the Cairngorms.
- Vickers Viking
- Mystere fighters of the French Air Force
- Kingsmead Flying Club, Bedfordshire
- Marsdale Flying School, Oxfordshire
- Lysett, near Frome, Somerset
- Binford, Somerset
- Plaine de la Crau
- Field near Lanvin in Normandy
Other Research NotesEdit
References to the other storiesEdit
- In Chapter II, it is mentioned that Algy had gone to India to work on a report of gold smuggling. The story of this and what happened afterwards is narrated in Biggles in the Terai.
- Chapter III mentions that they have been to the Plaine de la Crau. This happened during Biggles Works It Out.
- In Chapter X, with regards to the Plaine de la Crau, Bertie "had an idea there was an aerodrome on the plain itself, although he couldn't remember whether it was a service squadron or a flying training school." Bertie was correct. Actually there are two. Istres-Le Tube Air Base, in the middle of the Crau is home to several service squadrons. Salon-de-Provence on the northeast edge is a flying training school.