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by W.E. Johns

Illustrated by Howard Leigh; Alfred Sindall

Published by Oxford University Press; Humphrey Milford. 1937

Very good condition. Pyramid edition. Blue cloth, black titles and pyramid vignette to front. Colour frontis and 7 b/w illustrations. 255 pages.

Spine and corners slightly bumped and rubbed. Covers very very slightly grubby. Prize plate to front pastedown. Foxing to prelims and textblock. Joint between frontis and title-page is cracked (showing webbing beneath) but binding still tight.

Stock no. 1324169

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  • Biggles stumbles across an enemy plan to destroy British shipping in the Indian Ocean. Noticing a coincidence in bad spelling, his linking of three separate ship disappearances leads Colonel Raymond to charge him to investigate. Biggles is given the temporary rank of Air Commodore and command of a destroyer.
  • The planned use of a decoy to lure the bandits fails when the bandits sink it. However they persevere, and eventually discover a secret submarine base on an island in the Mergui Archipelago. Not with standing a few distractions they manage to destroy the submarine and its base by using their own mines. They all manage to escape just before a secret stash of poison gas makes the entire island uninhabitable.
  • "Bigglesworth, if you'll join our intelligence staff, I'll give you any rank within reason." he declared.
  • Biggles shook his head. "It's very nice of you Sir, but I should be absolutely useless in an official capacity," he said slowly. "I have my own way of doing things ..."

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