October 1933

Volume 2 Number 7  (19 of 88)

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


Fair Cargo



This issue runs from page 349 to page 404 (56 pages)


Page 351 – Contents Page


Page 352 – A Portrait of Wing-Commander A. H. Orlebar, A.F.C., R.A.F. – by Capt. C. T. Orde


Page 353 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – Watch Your Step – advice about the need to be careful

investing in aviation companies that seem to good to be true)




Page 355 – Fair Cargo

“Another adventure from the log-book of Major James Bigglesworth, D.S.O., M.C., commonly known as “Biggles”, late of 266 Squadron, R.F.C., and his comrades, Captain Algernon Lacey, D.F.C., and Flight Sergeant Smyth, their mechanic.  The curious circumstances in which they found themselves stranded in South America, with a Vickers “Vandal” Amphibian, were described in the first story of this series, which appeared in the July number of “Popular Flying”

– W. E. Johns

This Biggles story continues on pages 356 and 357

The illustrations are by Edward Oldham and Howard Leigh.

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 358 – The Future of Private Flying


Page 361 – 20 Squadron’s Big Show – T. Stuart Lewis, M.C.


Page 364 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Flight-Lieut. T. Rose

(This account was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 15th of 20 accounts)


Page 366 – The Romance of Air Survey – Mapping the World by Aeroplane – Captain C. E. Ward


Page 369 – A Holiday by Air – Flight-Lieut. Guy Du Boulay, R.A.F. (Retd.) (continued from last month)


Page 371 – Nerves! “The Ace” – A war-time play at the Lyric Theatre, London – A few notes by the Editor (W.E. Johns)


Page 372 – Planes of History – The D.H.9. – illustrated by Howard Leigh


Page 373 – The Air League of the British Empire – Air League Notice to Members


Page 374 – Combat Tactics (continued from a previous issue) – “Tracer”




Pages 376 and 377 - The Centre Pages – “Above the Clouds – They Steer their Cars” – Examples of Air Photography


Page 379 – Some War Related Readers’ Photographs


Page 380 – Under the Windstocking

(Conducted by the Editor)


Page 382 – Slipstream – News from all Quarters

(On this page there is a box headed “Animal Close an Airport” with a report about extraordinary hills and burrows appearing all over the aerodrome at Jinga.  This is followed by a poem entitled “What is it?” by Carmichael Earl (which is an alias for W. E. Johns’ son – William Earl Carmichael Johns (known as “Jack”) who was born 18th March 1916 and who died on 15th March 1954, just 3 days before his 38th birthday)


Page 385 – 1934 Motor Mutterings – The T.T. Race – “Janus”


Page 386 – Round the Clubs

(This features a caricature of “Max”)


Page 388 – A Petrol Engine of an 1/8 H.P. – J. L. Oliver

(An article about engines for model aircraft)


Page 390 – Sideslips – Geoffrey Dorman


Page 392 – Pioneer British Air Posts – Francis J. Field


Page 399 – Gliding as it Should Be – Striking Photographs of the Rhoen Mountains Gliding Contest (Germany)


Page 402 – The Aviation Bookshelf


Page 403 – The Buyers’ Log


On 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 ‘The Spy Flyer’ and ‘The Cruise of the Condor’ by Flying Officer W. E. Johns



Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is W E Johns