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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.

SynopsisEdit

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.

PlotEdit

Note: The sections below contain spoilers. In particular, the plot subpage (click here) has an extended summary of the narrative in the book

CharactersEdit

Scotland Yard and The Special Air PoliceEdit

  • Biggles
  • Algy
  • Ginger
  • Bertie Lissie
  • Gaskin

OthersEdit

AircraftEdit

PlacesEdit

VisitedEdit

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

IncongruitiesEdit

Other Research NotesEdit

  • Chronology.

EditionsEdit

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