W. E. Johns

40 children’s books by the writer

Captain W. E. Johns was born in Hertfordshire in 1893. He flew with the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War and made a daring escape from a German prison camp in 1918. Between the wars he edited Flying and Popular Flying and became a writer for the Ministry of Defence. The First Biggles story, Biggles the Camels are Coming was published in 1932, and W. E. Johns went on to write a staggering 102 Biggles titles before his death in 1968.

9-11 years

Biggles Defies the Swastika

W. E. Johns

Biggles Defies the Swastika

SECRET AGENT! Sworn into the German Air Force as a Gestapo Agent, Biggles is deep undercover on a reconnaissance mission in Norway when the Germans invade without warning. If he can just get back to his plane he can leave ...

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9-11 years

Biggles Delivers the Goods

W. E. Johns

Biggles Delivers the Goods

TAKEN PRISONER! Late in the Second World War Biggles and his team are in Malaya, operating a secret commando under the nose of the Japanese occupiers. Algy is captured after his plane goes down over the Indian Ocean but Biggles ...

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9-11 years

Biggles and the Rescue Flight

W. E. Johns

Biggles and the Rescue Flight

A dangerous mission! In a desperate plan to rescue his brother, missing in action and presumed dead, sixteen year-old Peter Forty more runs away from school to join the air force. Amongst the chaos of the First World War, Peter ...

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9-11 years

Biggles in France

W. E. Johns

Biggles in France

Desperate chances! Biggles battles through the First World War, honing his flying skills in terrifying battles against the finest fighters the enemy can supply. But not all his adventures take place in the air, and not all of them are ...

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9-11 years

Biggles: The Camels are Coming

W. E. Johns

Biggles: The Camels are Coming

Death Trap! Air combat is the order of the day in the final days of the First World War. Duelling high above the trenches, Biggles knows that he needs more than just flying skills to survive. The enemy is now ...

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9-11 years

Biggles Learns to Fly

W. E. Johns

Biggles Learns to Fly

Special Mission! It's the First World War and Biggles is just 17. The planes are primitive; combat tactics are non-existent; the only form of communication for pilots and their gunners is by hand signals. They are reliant on the ...

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9-11 years

Biggles of the Fighter Squadron

W. E. Johns

Biggles of the Fighter Squadron

Peril in the skies! Well into the later stages of the First World War, Biggles and his fellow flyers are struggling to maintain supremacy over the enemy pilots determined to shoot them down. In this game of cunning, they must ...

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