WINGS: FLYING ADVENTURES

Subtitled inside “A Book of Flying Adventures”

First Published by John Hamilton in August 1931 - 255 pages (with an advert on page 256) – Original price 3 shillings 6 pence.

 

(NB – THIS BOOK IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH WINGS: FLYING STORIES – DETAILS BELOW)

 

This book was EDITED by W. E. Johns and contains TWO stories out of ten by him

The book has a colour frontispiece – a painting by Johns called “The Day’s Work” and then four other plates, two photographic and two by other artists

 

 I. - THE DAY'S WORK by W. E. Johns - Page 9

II - SAVED BY PARACHUTE by Charles Dixon - Page 27

 III. - A SPIRITED FIGHT by John Templer - Page 49

 IV. - SOLO TO SYDNEY by F. C. Chichester - Page 71

 V. - NIGHT BOMBING ADVENTURES - by A. R. Kingsford - Page 105

 VI. - SPYING FROM THE AIR - by "Vigilant" - Page 121

 VII. - CAMEL NO. 9214 - by Elliott White Springs - Page 139

 VIII. - MAJOR JAMES McCUDDEN, V.C., D.S.O, M.C., M.M. - His Own Story - Page 157

IX. - THE SPYFLYER - by W. E. Johns - Page 209

(Interestingly, the title of this chapter has the word “Spyflyer” as all one word but then at the top of each page of the story it is headed “The Spy Flyer” as separate words!)

Subtitled “The true story of Charles Legrange and one of the greatest epic flights ever achieved”

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH W.E. JOHNS’ BOOK “THE SPY FLYERS” WHICH IS A TOTALLY SEPARATE NOVEL

X. - THE FLYING CHANCE - A Story of the North West Frontier by John Templer - Page 229

 

 

Wings: Flying Adventures

Subtitle - A Book of Flying Adventures

Publication Details - originally published by John Hamilton

 

First Edition – the cover illustration is by W.E. Johns himself – click on the picture to enlarge it to a full version showing front, spine and rear

 

Book Cover

 

Frontispiece by W.E. JOHNS

Click on the Frontispiece to enlarge it

 

The end piece of the first edition

 

 

The flying illustrations at the back of the first edition (click on each one to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

THE ABOVE BOOK IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH

 

WINGS: FLYING STORIES

THIS BOOK CONTAINED REPRINTS OF FOUR ISSUES OF A FLYING PERIODICALS PUBLISHED BY JOHN HAMILTON LTD

Believed to be published in 1935 – 128 pages + 128 pages + 128 pages + 112 pages (a total of 496 pages) – Original price 5 shillings 0 pence.

 

This book contained various short stories by W. E. Johns, the bulk of which were later published elsewhere – particularly in the book “THE RAID” in April 1935

 

VOL. 1 NUMBER 1 – WINGS - Subtitled “Flying Thrills” – Originally published in 1934 (Presumably around 1st July 1934 as issues are every 3 months?)

 I. – ALL’S FAIR by Captain W. E. Johns - Page 5

This story was reprinted in April 1935 in Johns’ book “THE RAID”

II – TIME ON BOARD by Arch. Whitehouse - Page 13

III – FLYING SECTION 17 by Haupt. Heydemarck – Page 29

IV – THE WORLD ON THE WING by Captain W. E. Johns - Page 90

V – FROM AN OBSERVER’S LOG by Major James McCudden V.C. – Page 95

VI – DOG-FIGHT DANNY by Arch. Whitehouse – Page 102

VII – OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE by Captain W. E. Johns - Page 116

This story was reprinted in April 1935 in Johns’ book “THE RAID”

VIII – SPY FLYING by “Vigilant” – Page 120

 

VOL. 1 NUMBER 2 – WINGS - Subtitled “Flying Stories” – AUTUMN NUMBER – Originally published 1st October 1934

I.                 – THE RAID by Capt. W. E. Johns - Page 5

The introduction to this story says “This story by that popular author, Capt. W. E. Johns, is placed in Iraq, a country that he knows well.

The Armistice found him a prisoner of war and shortly after his return to England he was posted to Iraq, where he served for some years”

II – CAREERING INTO AVIATION - author unknown but text says that this is an article reprinted from the August issue of “Air Review” - Page 61

III – WITH DESERT BELOW by J. Railton Holden – Page 68

IV – ERNST UDET: THE PETER PAN OF THE AIR by Vigilant – Page 102

V – DEMONS OF THE NULLAH by Arch. Whitehouse – Page 113

 

VOL. 1 NUMBER 3 – WINGS - Subtitled “Flying Stories” – WINTER NUMBER   Originally published 1st January 1935

I.                 – STRANGE FREIGHT by Captain W. E. Johns - Page 5

This story was reprinted in April 1935 in Johns’ book “THE RAID”

II – WAR FLYING IN MACEDONIA by Haupt Heydemarck - Page 13

III – BIG BERTHA AND THE PLANES by “Vigilant” - Page 89

IV – “OUR TRICK, PARTNER!” by W. Tremellen - Page 98

V – EL KHIYAL FLIES by J. Railton Holden - Page 106

 

VOL. 1 NUMBER 4 – WINGS – (Not Subtitled at all) – SPRING NUMBER   Originally published 1st April 1935

 I. – THE LATINS by Wilfred Tremellen - Page 5

II – V.C.’S WON IN THE AIR by Captain W. E. Johns - Page 12

This article is taken from Johns’ book “THE AIR V.C.’s”

III –BULLY-BEEF PATROL by J. Railton Holden – Page 22

IV – FOR MODEL-MAKERS by Howard Leigh - Page 42

This brief article by Johns’ brother-in-law and well known “Biggles” artist, contains information about four different aircraft, the Airspeed Envoy, the Handley Page Heyford, the Monospar S.T.10. and the Lockheed Vega

V – THE DAWN OF AVIATION by Capt. W. E. Johns - Page 50

This article is taken from Johns’ book “SOME MILESTONES OF AVIATION”

VI – AIR INTELLIGENCE by “Vigilant” – Page 64

VII – THE UNCERTAIN WEAPON by Major George Fielding Eliot - Page 74

VIII – THE GERMAN SPRING OFFENSIVE, 1918 by Roger Vee – Page 88

 

 

Although this last issue concluded with “The next number of WINGS (Summer issue) will be published 1st July 1935” I believe that no further issues were ever published.

 

 

First Edition

 

Book Cover

 

 

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