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Spitfire Parade: Biggles 1 (Biggles #24)

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End of the summer 1940. Biggles has been given command of the 666th Fighter Squadron, which consists of officers who do not take too kindly to discipline. We meet Lord Bertie Lissie, George 'Ferocity' Ferris and Tex O'Hara. Another pilot, Tug Carrington, arrives and immediately shows his abilities by shooting down a German Junkers bomber. Angus Mackail is flying down to jo ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published January 16th 2009 by Cinebook Ltd (first published 1941)
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Feb 04, 2015 ^ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with an interest in WW2 aviation fiction
What an absolute joy to discover that Biggles served his country not only in the First World War, but also in the Second. The real 666 Squadron, a Royal Canadian Air Force Air Observation Post, was formed in the last year of that War.

In these stories, Camels and S.E.5s of the earlier military service are replaced by Spitfires (commanded by Biggles, 666 as a Fighter Squadron) and Hurricanes (commanded by 701 Squadron Leader A.R. Wilkinson). Algy, Ginger, and Toddy (of 266) are Biggles’ first line
Zoe and the Edge
...for tears must find no place in the eyes of those who hunt the skies.

I was fascinated to see that Bertie has a bit of steel in him. I know that he seems like such a joke in later books, but occasionally reveals his value.
I really liked seeing the small beginnings of the magnificent 666 squadron.
They're all such strong characters from the oversensitive Carrington to the cocky O'Hara.
Biggles seems more younger in this one because he's just a war pilot – no spying or desperate situations or
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Apr 02, 2013 Artur Coelho rated it liked it
O Biggles original foi um personagem do escritor W. E. Johnson que encantou gerações de jovens ingleses com as suas aventuras nos céus da I e II guerra mundial em noventa e seis livros. Este Spitfire Parade adapta o romance do mesmo nome e centra-se nas aventuras de um esquadrão muito especial de pilotos de aeronaves Spitfire. Constituído por descontentes, excêntricos e inadaptados vão dando sob a liderança de Biggles provas de coragem e destreza em combate. É uma leitura leve, encadeamento de p ...more
Daniel Bratell
This is a dozen connected short stories that follows the formation of the 666 squadron, with Biggles as the squadron leader and with pilots too unruly to be anywhere else as members.

In some ways it feels like some of the WWI stories have just been transplanted to WWII and in one case it is very similar (the pig one - compare to a flower one from WWI).

Still, easy read, lots of action.
Aug 27, 2014 Sem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A series of loosely-connected short stories rather than a novel but a good introduction to characters we come to know and love in later books. Bertie, in particular, benefits from the author's attention to characterisation but all of the 666 Squadron gang are vividly presented. There's lots of humour and some great combat writing.
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Invariably known as Captain W.E. Johns, William Earl Johns was born in Bengeo, Hertfordshire, England. He was the son of Richard Eastman Johns, a tailor, and Elizabeth Johns (née Earl), the daughter of a master butcher. He had a younger brother, Russell Ernest Johns, who was born on 24 October 1895.

He went to Hertford Grammar School where he was no great scholar but he did develop into a crack sh
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