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By W. E. Johns

Biggles retires from the Air Police within the desire of being recruited in different places. he's hoping to infiltrate a gun working racket who're believed to be promoting weapons to rebels in African nations and assisting to impress civil warfare. After ads, Biggles is approached through a count number Alexander Stavropulos and provided a beneficiant salary to fly for him. Biggles is taken via airplane to Noriovika, a village in northern Greece the place the count number has a personal airfield. the following, he's surprised to discover Roderick Canson, a crooked ex-RAF pilot who Biggles has formerly visible imprisoned in BIGGLES AND THE BLACK masks. fortunately, the count number already understands that Biggles is an ex-policeman so Canson can't divulge him. Canson and a pilot known as Jumbo Brady are despatched on a regimen supply to Africa yet a message is later bought that their Constellation airplane has crashed in a space referred to as the Sudd. Biggles is assigned as co-pilot to Sandy provide and they're either despatched out in a one other Constellation plane to rescue Canson, Brady and their shipment. On direction, Biggles and Sandy are pressured to land through an army aircraft piloted via Lieutenant I'Nobo of the Congolese Air strength. I'Nobo searches their aircraft, discovering not anything, yet says he has been tipped off Constellation is smuggling weapons to rebels within the Congo and he has orders to prevent it. Canson, who has visible the airplane come down, makes his option to them and tells Biggles that his Constellation was once additionally compelled down, yet has now not but been came across by way of the Congolese military. Biggles, Sandy and Canson go back to Canson's Constellation plane. Canson is adamant that his shipment is farm equipment and he's astonished to discover it really is truly weapons while Biggles opens the crates up. The weapons are hidden within the surrounding bush, as to be came upon with them could suggest demise for them all. through the evening, Canson returns to Biggles' airplane and steals it to flee, leaving Biggles and Sandy stranded with the unique Constellation that is slowed down and can't be flown. Canson will get his comeuppance whilst I'Nobo shoots him down in flames, an occasion proven at the dirt hide of the booklet. Brady returns to affix the celebration, having been away looking aid. he's via Sergeant Ducard of the Congolese military, with whom Biggles quickly falls out. Lieutenant I'Nobo arrives simply in time to prevent hassle. Ducard and his males go away, yet then considered one of them, referred to as Christmas, deserts, to flee from Ducard and subscribe to Biggles and the others. This brings Ducard again and one other harmful disagreement is barely shunned through the well timed arrival of Algy and Ginger. they've got pop out to the Congo with the count number, who's attempting to deal with what's taking place together with his planes. He really has no wisdom of any smuggling as he bought the goods for supply prepared packed and the Greek govt set a capture for the genuine culprits in the back of the smuggling operation.

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If those planes are commencing from someplace in Europe part their pay-load has to be taken up by way of petrol. understanding what they’re doing they’re probably not to simply accept orders to land, so how are we going to forestall them? If the weapons are being run by means of communist international locations, as you appear to imagine, they wouldn’t be more likely to hire their very own airplane and crews. They’d tackle pilots of any nationality, fellows who will be attracted by way of excessive wages or maybe only for the hell of it. To me that’s comprehensible. ’ ‘It isn’t comprehensible to me in the event that they become aware of, as they have to, that they’re assisting an enemy opposed to their very own country,’ declared the Air Commodore sternly. Biggles shrugged. ‘There have consistently been males ready to show a blind eye to that attitude if the cash is enormous adequate. ’ ‘They’re traitors. ’ ‘All correct. So they’re traitors. To whom? without doubt that may depend upon their nationality. a guy can’t be a traitor to a rustic to which he owes no allegiance. you could reckon that if it got here to the purpose they’d plead lack of information, and deny such a rationale as aiding an enemy. that may be precise. I’d say they've got just one curiosity. cash. besides, how will you capture ‘em? They’d must be stuck pink passed to set up a case opposed to them in courtroom, whether what they’re doing is unlawful. I see one other snag there. Is it unlawful? ’ The Air Commodore thought of the query. ‘What their punishment will be may most likely rely on the rustic within which they have been arrested. I don’t imagine we'd like quibble approximately that. except the rest they’re breaking each rule in foreign Air site visitors laws via flying indiscriminately over international locations with out permission, crossing frontiers with no checking in, most likely ignoring prohibited parts and the average civil aviation routes. by way of doing that they're placing the lives of all air travelers in danger. what's the use of getting safeguard laws if a couple of egocentric pilots omit them? ’ Biggles spoke back. ‘Well, be that because it may possibly, you first need to trap those fellows, and so far as i will be able to see which can simply ensue by chance, as in terms of the laptop that needed to make an emergency touchdown at Malta. for my part, the pilots who're flying those machines usually are not rather a lot responsible because the males who're utilizing them; they usually, I think, are well tucked away in the back of the Iron Curtain. ’ ‘Not inevitably. In view of what occurred at Malta there’s cause to think that, even if the finance will be coming from in the back of the Iron Curtain, the particular operations are being carried out by way of at the very least one association in Western Europe, possibly with brokers in Britain. a number of the apparatus present in the desktop that landed at Malta used to be acknowledged to be British. If that's right, how did it occur? ’ ‘If it involves that, how was once it that the airplane was once an American variety? ’ ‘These are the lads we actually are looking to get. If lets lay arms on one among their pilots, and make him see the mistake of his methods, he may well let us know who they're. ’ ‘It will be positive to reckon on that,’ answered Biggles.

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