JULY 1933

Volume 2 Number 4  (16 of 88)

This issue of Popular Flying magazine features the “Biggles” story


The Gold Rush



This issue runs from page 169 to page 236 (68 pages)

(most of the extra pages are extra adverts)


Page 169 – Full page advert for Rolls Royce Aero Engines – for speed and reliability


Page 171 – A landscape (rather than portrait) photograph of ”The new Hawker “Fury” with Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine”

(The caption says that this is – ‘The fastest Military Aircraft in the world’ – even though it is still a bi-plane)


Page 173 – A half page advert for the R.A.F. Display at Hendon – Saturday, June 24th 1933


Page 174 – Contents Page


Page 176 – A Portrait of the Marshall of the Royal Air Force – Sir John Maitland Salmond – by Orde




Page 177 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – More About War-Time Flying Training – This editorial is illustrated with some very interesting pictures including a couple from Johns own personal collection of two planes that he himself crashed)




Page 180 – The Gold Rush – The First of a New Series of Biggles Stories – W. E. Johns

This Biggles story continues on pages 181, 182, 222, 228 and 230

The illustrations are by Edward Oldham.

W. E. Johns is not credited at all on this story.

In August 1934 this story was published in the fourth Biggles book – “Biggles Flies Again”


Page 183 – A Portrait of 2nd Lieut. Gilbert Stuart Martin Insall, V.C., M.C., R.F.C. – by E. Newling


Page 184 – A Portrait of Capt. Andrew Weatherby Beauchamp-Proctor, V.C., D.S.O., M.C., D.F.C. – by Cowan Dobson


Page 185 – What Were They Like? – by The Editor (W.E. Johns)

(Information and photographs of various First World War aces – including the next four pages)


Page 186 – A Picture of Col. William Bishop – leading surviving British ace – A Canadian by birth – with 72 victories


Page 187 – A Portrait of Oblt. Ernst Udet – Germany’s leading surviving ace – with 62 victories (2nd to Richhofen)




Page 190 – My Most Thrilling Combat – Hauptmann Hermann Goering

(This somewhat surprising account to find in the pages of Popular Flying again changes the title of the series from the usual ‘My Most Thrilling Flight’.  I note with interest the lines “The publication of this article does not necessarily mean that we agree with Captain Goering’s present political activities; we are concerned only with his career as an airman – Ed”.  Suffice to say this account was NOT published in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’.


Page 191 – Who Killed Schaefer? – T. Stuart Lewis (late R.F.C.)


Page 193 – The Aeroplanes They Flew – (an article about the planes of 1914 – 1918)


Page 198 – And Today (photographs of current planes)


Page 199 – Royal Air Force Equipment – A Brief Review of the Machines Used by the R.A.F. today




Pages 202 and 203 - The Centre Pages – Fast and Fury-ous – an uncredited illustration of a squadron of

Hawker Rolls-Royce Super-Furies in formation.


Page 206 – EA!  As The R.F.C. Saw Them – Striking Pictures of German War-Planes in Flight


Page 207 – Combat Tactics – Continued from a previous number - by “Tracer”


Page 209 – Who’s Who in the King’s Cup Race – Full List of Entries


Page 211 – The Brain Storm – General W. B. Caddell


Page 212 – A half page advert for The King’s Cup Air Race at Hatfield on Saturday 8th July 1933


Page 215 – The Design of a Military Aircraft – Air Commodore J. A. Chamier


Page 220 – Sideslips – Geoffrey Dorman


Page 224 – Told on the Tarmac


Page 229 – A full page advert for the Merseyside Aviation Display – July 1st 1933 – Liverpool Airport – Speke

The Premier Civil Air Meeting of the Year


Page 232 – Under the Windstocking

(Readers’ Correspondence conducted by the Editor)


Page 234 – The Buyers’ Log

(Between pages 234 and 235 was inserted a card – possibly for subscription.  All that remains in my copy is a stub)


Page 236 – On the last page before the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – this time for 9 of their books.

They include ‘The Pictorial Flying Course’ by Flight-Lieut. H. M. Schofield and Flying-Officer W. E. Johns

and ‘Fighting Planes and Aces’ by Flying Officer W. E. Johns


On the back cover is a full page advert for the Vickers Supermarine “Southampton” MKIV Rolls-Royce Kestrel Engines and the Supermarine Aviation Works (Vickers) Limited, Southampton, England.



Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is unknown