The Latest Edition of the Biography of Captain W. E. Johns published in August 2003 by Norman Wright has been fully revised and updated and lists some 174 books as having been written by W. E. Johns. On my site I have listed 169. The reason for the difference of five books is that they have counted three books EDITED by W. E. Johns, as opposed to written by him. They have counted both the first edition of THE MISSING PAGE published in 1939 in Norway as 'Det Forsvunne Dagboksblad' and the first English translation by Norman Wright as STEELEY AND THE MISSING PAGE in 2000 (in other words it is counted twice) and they have also counted BIGGLES OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS. For the sake of completeness I have therefore also included these books on this web site.
IS “THE COCKPIT” A BIGGLES BOOK?
I say it isn’t. It certainly contains the first publication of the Biggles story “The Ace of Spades” but that was the only W.E. Johns story in the entire book.
Many Biggles short stories were originally published in books and annuals elsewhere and then collected together. If this book is a “Biggles” book, then so is every annual featuring a short story.
This story was collected in “BIGGLES OF THE SPECIAL AIR POLICE”. The story was amended to be more of a children’s story when collected (i.e. swearing was removed).
However, for completeness, if you click on the red title of the book above you can see full details of this book.
There has been an unsubstantiated claim that W. E. Johns was the writer 'VIGILANT'
It has also been speculated that these books were written in collaboration with others.
If any of this were true then that would add a further nine books to Johns credit.
Those titles are:-
SECRETS OF MODERN SPYING - John Hamilton 1930
GERMAN WAR BIRDS: AN ACCOUNT OF THE EXPLOITS OF THE GERMAN FLYING CORPS DURING THE EUROPEAN WAR - John Hamilton 1931
FIGHTING IN THE RED SHADOWS - John Hamilton 1932
RICHTHOFEN: THE RED KNIGHT OF THE AIR - John Hamilton 1934
LYNX V.C. - John Hamilton 1936 (fiction)
LYNX SPYFLYER - John Hamilton 1936 (fiction)
FRENCH WAR BIRDS - John Hamilton 1937
LYNX COUNTER SPY - John Hamilton 1937 (fiction)
LYNX FLIES AGAIN - John Crowther 1944 (fiction)