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This table is an attempt to set a date to the various Biggles stories by an analysis of the textual evidence.

Story Date Evidence
Biggles Learns to Fly! September 1916 Stated in the text.
Biggles' First Flight September-October 1916 After two weeks of training, Biggles travels to France over the course of a few days and flies his first patrol on the first day he reports to 169 Squadron.
Biggles the Scout September-October 1916 One week after joining 169 Squadron, which he did after about two weeks of training.
Spy in the Sky December 1916-February 1917 Snowing.
Crashed Flyers! April 1917 See discussion here.
The Laughing Spy April 1917 Mention of "early spring frosts".
Biggles' Bulls-Eye April 1917
Biggles Buys the Sky April 1917 Bristol Fighter is just being introduced.
Biggles' Big Battle April-May 1917 Timing of the Battle of Arras 1917
Biggles' Surprise Packet June 1917 See discussion here.
Biggles and the Runaway Tank June 1917 Stated in text.
Spads and Spandaus June-July 1917 Summer. Conflicting evidence. See discussion here.
Biggles Flies East October 1917 In the foreword it is stated that Biggles had been in France for 12 months.
Biggles Carves the Turkey Christmas Eve 1917 From context
Biggles' Sky High Hat Trick Shortly after 28th March 1918 Text states that it is "shortly after" Captain J. L. Trollope's feat of shooting down 6 enemy aircraft (later found to be 7) in one day. This took place on 28th March 1918.
Biggles Takes the Bait April - June 1918 Mention of a "big Hun salient" (the German 1918 Spring Offensive) and the Fokker D.VII.
The Black Peril 1934 Specifically mentioned in Chapter 14. This reference is removed in the Thames editions published in the 1950s.
Biggles in the Baltic 3rd September 1939 and a few weeks after Britain declared war on Germany in Chapter 1.
Biggles Sees It Through A few weeks up to 13th March 1940 The armistice of the Winter War (13th March 1940) was declared in chapter 16 .
Biggles Sweeps the Desert late summer-autumn 1941 Appearance of the Me 109F
Biggles in Borneo After May 1942 Japan completed conquest of the Philippines in May that year.
Biggles Fails to Return Nov 1942 German occupation of Souther France (Case Anton) takes place just as Biggles & Co. make their escape.
Biggles Gets His Men Oct - Nov 1947 Not plausible in Oct - Nov 1949, improbable in Oct - Nov 1948.
Biggles Sets a Trap 1961 Stated in text, esp. Ch. 3


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