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Biggles and the Rescue Flight (1939)

by W. E. Johns

Series: Biggles (17)

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Not quite as readable as many of the Biggles books. Generally, I do find the
ones set in WW I less satisfactory. ( )
  captbirdseye | Oct 19, 2017 |
A Biggles book where you can see how he's going to get drawn into Major Raymond's end of things. This story is about a schoolboy who pretends to be in the RAF to rescue his brother. His mentor in 266 squadron is Biggles, and Algy also features.

The interesting part for me as an adult is the descriptions of what it was like.

"...Looking down he saw an expanse of brown earth, perhaps a mile in width, gradually merging into dull green on either side. Through the brown expanse that coiled like a mighty serpent across the landscape from west to east ran tiny zigzag lines, hundreds of them, making a cobweb-like pattern. His breath suddenly came faster as he realized that he was looking at the actual lines where two mighty armies were entrenched, grappling in a stupendous life and death struggle. From time to time tiny white puffs appeared, and drifted sluggishly across the brown expanse. They looked harmless enough, but he knew that they must be the smoke of bursting shells."

Any story where one of the heroes falls asleep during the debrief has a fair bit of realism involved.

with Peter "Thirty" Fortymore as the main character you can see him losing his innocence about what war was about quite quickly, he still has a lot of derring do but this isn't going to be an easy or simple thing to do, to rescue his brother. He really works at it and finds himself at the front lines and learning the reality of war. Yes it's a boy's own adventure type thing and there were moments where my suspension of disbelief was strained but overall it's an interesting read with interesting characters who were probably fairly true-to-life. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 14, 2015 |
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Peter Fortymore can't believe his brother is dead. so he conceives a desperate plan. He'll run away from school, 'borrow' a plane and fly off to France to find him. In the chaos of the first world war, he and his friend manage to get away with it until they're rumbled by their flight commander Biggles.… (more)

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