December 1933

Volume 2 Number 9  (21 of 88)

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


Bob’s Box



This issue runs from page 457 to page 520 (64 pages)

(Special Enlarged Christmas Number)


Page 462 – Contents Page


Page 464 – Visibility Good – A Photograph of a “Monospar” arriving over Reims in France


Page 465 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – Prospects and Prophecies.)


Page 468 – Free Ballooning in 1933 – H. Gordon Selfridge, Jun.


Page 472 – Running a Flying School – Captain Duncan Davis


Page 474 – Wings and the West Indies – Martin Raymond


Page 476 – Do You Remember? – A Selection of Imperial War Museum Photographs


Page 477 – Memories of No. 11 Squadron, R.F.C. (1917) – Captain F. Adams


Page 479 – The Craze for Flying – C. H. Lea


Page 480 – Stunting and Showmanship – Flight-Lieut. C. Turner-Hughes




Page 482 – Bob’s Box – A “Biggles” Story – W. E. Johns

This Biggles story continues on pages 483, 484, and 504

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 485 – Salamanders of the Air – Special Aircraft Against Ground Troops – Major C. C. Turner




Pages 488 and 489 - The Centre Pages – “The Far East Flight” – an illustration by an uncredited artist


Page 490 – R.A.F. Far East Flight – “The Greatest Flight in History”

(This page lists all the people who took part in this 3000 mile flight of four British Supermarine “Southhampton” Flying Boats from Plymouth to Australia, circumnavigated that Continent and then returned to Singapore.  I note with interest that one of the participants is a Flight-Lieut. C. G. Wigglesworth, A. F. C.)


Page 491 – Magic in the Air – A Bedtime Story – John Templer


Page 492 - Planes of History – The Bristol Monoplane – illustrated by Howard Leigh


Page 493 – The Air League of the British Empire – Air Defence


Page 495 – Under the Windstocking

(Readers’ Letters.  Conducted by the Editor

This continues onto page 496 where a box adds “It is regretted that, owing to the large number of letters now received daily, only those with stamped, addressed envelopes will be answered.  No further letters dealing with aviation as a career can be answered for the time being.  This subject has been dealt with editorially several times, and there is nothing further to add.  The subject will be dealt with again when further developments warrant it – Ed”)


Page 498 – Told on the Tarmac – The Far East Flight


Page 500 – Round the Schools and Clubs


Page 505 – Full Page Advert for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines – For Speed and Reliability


Page 506 – Model Plane Pedigrees – W. Rigby


Page 511 – Air Post Stamps – The Ubiquitous Aeroplane


Page 518 – A Model Plane Competition


Page 519 – The Buyers’ Log


Page – 520 – The page before its usual place on the back cover is the John Hamilton advert – this time for 23 of their books.  They include ‘The Cruise of the Condor’ by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns, ‘The Pictorial Flying Course’ by Flight-Lieut. H. M. Schofield and Flying-Officer W. E. Johns, ‘The Spyflyers’ by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns, ‘Fighting Planes and Aces’ by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns and ‘Wings: Flying Adventures edited by Flying-Officer W. E. Johns.  The back cover itself is taken up by an a full page advert for “The Supermarine Aviation Works (Vickers Limited), Southampton”.


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