The Black Gauntlet is the first short story in the anthology Biggles of the Special Air Police which was first published in 1953.


Someone has sent Biggles a black gauntlet. He has seen one like it before--it had been thrown clear of an aircraft he had shot down during the war. While he mulls over this puzzle, he is persuaded to act as technical adviser for a film. On the film set, he discovers a Me-109 with a black gauntlet painted on it....



The Special Air PoliceEdit

  • Air Commodore Raymond
  • Biggles
  • Algy Lacey
  • Ginger Hebblethwaite
  • Bertie Lissie





  • Marham
  • Private airfield in Essex


Research NotesEdit

  • Aerial victories of Biggles and friends
    • Biggles narrates an old victory of his where he shot down a Spitfire which had been fighting under false colours over Marham.
    • It is debatable whether one should count the Me-109 piloted by Thea Hertz. But she was attacking him. Biggles' Spitfire was unarmed but his deliberate actions did lead to an outcome he intended: his pursuer crashed. So it would be fair to count it.

References to the pastEdit



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