By W. E. Johns
Biggles comes to a decision to enquire Roderick Canson, an ex-RAF Officer, whom he knew to be a thief. Canson has simply been granted a licence to function an air constitution corporation and Biggles is suspicious as to what he's as much as. Ginger is distributed on a vacation to great in France with the hot corporation. He follows Canson and is attacked and approximately killed. Returning to the united kingdom, Ginger is abducted by means of Canson and held in a wide state condominium. right here he meets Mr X, a guy who wears a black masks to hide his id. The dirt conceal exhibits Ginger being introduced prior to Mr. X, with a wide photograph of the fellow within the masks. Biggles and Bertie examine Ginger's disappearance. Biggles follows Ginger's path to the lodge room the place he used to be staying and reveals that he has left a coded message for them. Bertie retains watch on Canson's airfield and follows his targeted Rolls Royce from the air. This leads him to a wide kingdom condo. Biggles suspects that Ginger is being held in the home and with assistance from Inspector Gaskin and a burglar of his acquaintance often called 'Badger', Biggles and Bertie holiday into the home, after doping the shield canines. They do that simply because Canson has threatened to homicide Ginger in the event that they don't drop their investigations. Ginger is rescued and Canson flees in his airplane to great, the place, with assistance from Marcel Brissac, he's arrested. The air constitution corporation is a entrance for smuggling counterfeit foreign money. Returning to raid the massive state condo, Biggles is in for a tremendous shock as to what's at the back of the scheme and who the guy at the back of the masks is.
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Baggage used to be stowed via the driving force. everybody received in, Ginger at his request being allowed to take a seat subsequent to the motive force, and so they have been on their manner. as soon as out of the site visitors Ginger used to be quickly in dialog with the motive force, a happy cockney who spoke of every little thing less than the solar, from politics to soccer. Ginger realized not anything from him, his paintings consisting easily of taking passengers to and from the aerodrome. On an open street the automobile arrived at Millham simply after 11 o’clock, pulling up as regards to the tarmac on which stood a Dove airplane with its dual engines idling. males, one in mechanic’s overalls, stood via it. while everybody was once out of the auto one other guy, obviously Canson, got here out of the workplace, walked to the computing device and climbed into the cockpit. one of many different males now confirmed the guests into their seats, 4 on both sides of a relevant gangway. All have been in reliable spirits, chatting and evaluating notes as though that they had recognized one another all their lives. in this interval Ginger watched every thing heavily. He additionally got interested within the airplane, simply because he had by no means flown the sort. With rest room and different conveniences it excellent for the activity it needed to do. He had realized on the place of work that there will be no intermediate cease. He was once now to benefit the reply to at least one of Biggles’ queries. Canson didn't fly by myself. the guy who had proven the passengers into their seats now obtained in beside him so he was once evidently going with them, both as co-pilot or radio operator, probably either. Who used to be he? Ginger questioned. As there has been not anyone else approximately he suggestion he has to be one of many males Biggles had named as floor employees, Tomlin or Rawlings. may it's that certainly one of them now held a pilot’s licence? It was once attainable, he determined. the guy final at the flooring, the single in overalls, closed the door. He stood again, made a sign: the engines raised their voices and the plane moved ahead. dialog within the sound-proofed cabin died away because the passengers learned they have been approximately to be airborne. They smiled at one another to conceal any anxiety they could have felt. even though, as soon as within the air, they have been quickly speaking back. the 2 young ones, unconcerned, started to unwrap their lunch sandwiches. they could have made an early commence and it used to be now getting on for midday. Of the flight to the South of France not anything want be acknowledged. It used to be an ideal summer season day; below a flat blue sky visibility used to be first-class; the air used to be nonetheless, and as soon as the computer had taken a few altitude it was once as regular as a barge on a river. Ginger took a paperback novel from his pocket and settled all the way down to learn, looking sometimes on the landscape unfolded under, which he knew in detail, to meet himself that the plane used to be on target. He didn't count on whatever of curiosity to occur in this a part of the programme, and not anything did. He needed to suppress a grin at a number of the comments made via his partners whilst, over Southern France, the panorama replaced and commenced to seem ‘foreign’ — gray mountains, arid hills usually with a fortress or village perched on best.