Biggles on the Home Front by W. E. Johns was first published in August 1957 by Hodder and Stoughton. There has so far been only one other edition, a reissue by the same publisher in 1960. The events in the book take place in the late-1950s. A sub-title on a half-title page reads: "An adventure of Biggles and his Air Police pilots in and around London." Much of the action takes place around Soho, Victoria and various locations in Hertfordshire.


Gaskin is worried by a new wave of jewel robberies. It is normally difficult to get rid of stolen property but lately the thieves seemed to have a lot of money to spend. He thinks there is a new "fence" paying good prices and he has a hunch that aircraft are being used to transport the stolen goods overseas.


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

  • Biggles
  • Algy
  • Ginger
  • Bertie Lissie
  • Gaskin





The story is a grand tour of an area familiar to Johns and includes numerous actual places in Hertfordshire.


Other Research NotesEdit

  • Chronology.


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