Mischief by Moonlight is the tenth short story in the sixth anthology of Biggles Air Police short stories entitled Biggles Presses On. The anthology was first published in January, 1958. The story itself was first published in 1956 in "The Boys Book of Scouting and the Open Air".
An ex-R.A.F. corporal who had served under Biggles alerts him to a mysterious aircraft which had been landing on his farmland on the nights of the full moon. Examining the ground, Biggles comes across a rather valuable postage stamp....
See article under John Norden for summary of the plot.
The Special Air Police/Scotland YardEdit
- Algy Lacey
- Ginger Hebblethwaite
- Bertie Lissie
- Auster J1 Autocrat
- U.S.Air Force helicopter of unspecified type
- Five Elms Farm, Shingleton, Suffolk
- Nutsford Grange
References to the pastEdit
- Corporal Norden served in Biggles' squadron in World War 2.
It is not clear why Johns had to be so specific in mentioning that the night of the full moon was on May 7th. In fact from 1950 to 1956 (the story was first published in 1956), the full moon never fell on May 7th. The full moon did fall on May 6th in 1955, and considering the story first came out in 1956, this is close enough. So the story is probably set in 1955.