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By W. E. Johns

While 0 visibility forces Biggles to land his Vandal amphibian plane at the North Sea he thinks he's simply acquired a place of aeroplane hassle. larger difficulty is forward for Biggles while 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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There is a fence outdoors which may still final us; this was once a degree crossing. ' 'Fine. Then pass and get an outstanding offer, will you? I shall need to try to get my issues dry, i am rainy via. ' He sure up his foot together with his handkerchief and part of his blouse, and after a frugal yet tasty meal, felt significantly higher. 'Now, Ginger,' he stated, 'I wish you to aid me. ' 'All correct, yet no longer a lot of the Ginger; my name's Hebblethwaite. ' 'Let's stick with Ginger, it truly is shorter,' advised Biggles. 'OK with me,' agreed the boy. 'What's your identify incidentally? ' 'Bigglesworth. ' Ginger begun violently. 'Bigglesworth! now not the conflict pilot by way of any likelihood? *' * See Biggles in France and Biggles Flies East (published by means of crimson Fox). 'Well, i used to be within the War,' confessed Biggles. 'Well strike me pink,' gasped Ginger. 'Biggles within the flesh! this is often my fortunate day and no mistake; i do know all approximately you so that you need not inform me to any extent further. ' 'Oh, and the way are you aware that? ' 'Read approximately you, in fact. you've a chum named Algy anything or different, have not you? Where's he? ' 'I left him with my aeroplane, and i am afraid he needs to be getting beautiful frightened through this time – yet by no means brain that now. this is often severe, Ginger, under-stand that. I intended it while I advised you gang of crooks are after me. They stuck me, yet I acquired away, yet this sprained ankle goes to make issues awkward. I count on they're nonetheless trying to find me. you could aid me, yet you will have to use your head. ' 'OK, leader, simply inform me what you will have me to do. ' 'Is there a city or village at any place convenient? ' 'There's a good sized village approximately six miles away; I got here via it on my means. i do not comprehend the identify of it yet i will quickly discover. ' 'That does not subject; what i would like you to do is that this. ' Biggles took out his computer, got rid of a number of water soaked one pound notes, and held them by means of the fireplace to dry. 'Take this money,' he went on, 'and discover a storage. Get the driving force to force you right here as quick as he can to select me up; you'll likely need to pay him prematurely. ' Ginger nodded. 'I get you,' he acknowledged. 'Right! Then that is that. i'm going to get the driving force to take me again to the village after which all I shall need to do is to ship a telegram to Algy Lacey at Brooklands Aerodrome. he will fly up and fetch me. ' 'D'you wish me to begin instantly? ' 'I'd such as you to. you can find every thing close, in fact, at present of evening, yet knock up the 1st storage you return to. If the man argues, inform him that there was an coincidence and that i will pay him good for his hassle. allow him see you might have funds with you. should you can have the ability to do this, might be i will provide you with a boost to London in my laptop. ' Ginger's eyes sparkled and he drew a deep breath. 'I'll be back,' he acknowledged emphatically, selecting up his cap. He thrust the notes deep into his pocket and crossed to the door. 'I'll be seeing you,' he stated, and stepped out into the evening. For a second he paused to pay attention, yet listening to not anything trigger at a brisk velocity alongside the music. He had long gone approximately 880 yards whilst the beam of a flashlight minimize during the darkness from a place now not six yards away; figures loomed menacingly.

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