Biggles and the Black Peril

By W. E. Johns

Whilst 0 visibility forces Biggles to land his Vandal amphibian airplane at the North Sea he thinks he's simply acquired a place of aeroplane trouble. larger difficulty is forward for Biggles whilst he is taking an unchartered experience in a flying boat manned by means of 'Blackbeard' - a cohort of the Russian Airfleet and companion in a plot to bomb Britain.

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Good, we are over the trench, anyway,' saw Biggles to Algy, who sat beside him. 8 days had elapsed in view that their selection to discover the Baltic coast were made, 8 days of annoying delays, whereas their papers have been being ready. The celebration had now elevated to 4, for Biggles wouldn't danger traveling to this point afield with out Smyth, their effective mechanic, who now shared the cabin with Ginger. 'The factor i do not like approximately this exhibit is that we have to shuttle below our right names,' muttered Algy, as they made quickly to the slipway. 'That does not topic a great deal so far as i'm involved, i do know, yet Blackbeard is familiar with your identify, and so do a little of the others, and the probabilities are that they're over right here someplace at tins very minute; you are saying the possibilities of operating into them or in their listening to your identify pointed out, are distant, yet i do not believe you. There are just one or seaplane stations in Germany, and also you know the way information travels. humans, flying humans at any price, are sure to come quizzing around a British computing device; we must always do an analogous factor to a German kite* in England – actually, we have now performed it greater than as soon as. ' * Slang for aeroplane. 'Suppose Blackbeard does examine that i am the following, what of it? He can't rather well have us arrested for simply being right here, if our papers are so as, as they're; the British Consul would wish to understand why. at the least i believe the probabilities are opposed to a person even noticing our names; they'll suggest not anything to the folks within the Passport place of work. We could not pretend our passports, besides, so we needed to trip below our genuine names or in no way. ' you are correct there, yet i do not agree approximately now not recognizing our names. at the Continent humans pay a whole lot extra consciousness to such issues than we do, and if Blackbeard sought after us out of how he'd locate an excuse to get us out of ways, are not making any mistake approximately that; for those who do not know German equipment via this time it really is approximately time you probably did. ' 'We're the following, so it's kind of overdue within the day to argue approximately mat,' spoke back Biggles presently. 'Let us document in and get crammed up with petrol. If any questions are requested you recognize the tale – we are simply on a excitement cruise around the Baltic. Let's get mounted up and feature a chew of foodstuff. ' The formalities proved a long way much less exacting than they anticipated; certainly, if the perspective of the officers should be taken as a sign, they have been greater than welcome within the nation. Their trip Log was once stamped, and so they have been cleared via Customs with not less than difficulty or hold up. Neither used to be there any hassle approximately getting their tanks full of oil and petrol. The officer who tested and 'cleared' the laptop, in respond to their enquiry, advised them in particularly sturdy English that they might get first-class nutrients on the aerodrome cafe, and pointed it out to them. for that reason all of them made their approach in the direction of it, and have been quickly carving a few first-class Frankfurter sausage, with new bread, butter and potatoes. there have been only a few humans within the position; one or mechanics in overalls, an visible sightseer, and a pair of fellows who could have been membership pilots.

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